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Power failures caused by lightning strike are relatively easy to test with platforms like RTDS [1] (I am not affiliated to RTDS).

I know that you can test in real time your electrical protection systems for almost all the possibilities you can imagine (thousands of them), for example: faults in your high voltage utility distribution system, breaker failures, coordination of the protection systems, lost of your back-up generator power. I don't know their systems or their philosophies, would be interesting for me to know why they don't parallelize groups of generators (at the backup system), so, when one generator fails, the power load are balanced to the others (and using well known schemes to avoid cascade failures).

[1] http://www.rtds.com/applications/applications.html

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