Mr Stephen Palmer

Director Safearth Consulting

Stephen is the Director of Safearth, Australia’s leading earthing specialists. He is a grounding specialist with significant expertise in all areas related to grounding and lightning protection, across sectors including power generation, transmission and distribution, heavy industry, mining and rail.

Stephen is an active member of the five IEEE PES Substation committees responsible for grounding and lightning protection, and was key in the development of the EG-0 Power System Grounding Guide, one of the most beneficial modern standards in managing grounding related risk.

He is the convener of the new CIGRE Working Group B3.54 (tasked to publish on grounding system testing) and secretary of the CIGRE/CIRED Joint Working Group B3.35 (on substation grounding design optimization) and has presented at numerous conferences including for the Energy Networks Association (ENA), Engineers Australia, CIGRE, IEEE and CEATI.

My Sessions

The necessary transition from Ohmic targets

For more than 20 years leading practitioners have wrestled to find the right balance between efficiency and responsibility with respect to earthing safety criteria. How could one reconcile the contradictions in published targets internationally and within Australia? Quantified Risk Analysis (QRA) based improvements to this pursuit have led to better coordinated and understood criteria and […]

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