Ernesto Noriega Stefanov is the owner and general manager of the Bulgarian company Paradise Electric Consult Ltd, which is specialized on the following topics: Cathodic Protection, Lightning Protection System, Surge Protection, Grounding Systems, Power Quality and Electromagnetic Compatibility. He is the author of the first book on lightning protection in Bulgaria “Lightning Protection of Photovoltaic, Wind and Hybrid Power Plant” issued in 2013. In Bulgaria he joined the team of experts and specialists who prepared Ordinance 4 / 22.12.2010 on lightning protection of buildings, outdoor equipment and open spaces. As well, he has presented some technical papers in several scientific events in Spain, Bulgaria, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela and Poland. Ernesto Noriega Stefanov is the initiator and organizer of the „Corrosion Prevention Balkan“ 2018.
The application of cathodic protection systems in Bulgaria exceeds 50 years. During this period, the cathodic protection technologies installed in Bulgaria were manufactured mainly in Russia and Bulgaria. Most of the standards that are currently applied to design, build and diagnose these systems have used primarily Russian sources and standards. Bulgaria can save millions of leva every year if it uses modern methods of Cathodic protection. Considering all this, government institutions should pay more attention to this very important topic. Currently, there are many factors in Bulgaria that influence the development of cathodic protection. For this reason urgent measures from the highest to the lowest level should be taken as soon as possible to understand the importance of the problem and its resolution. All this can be achieved by training, certification of specialists, updating of existing standards and criteria, and modernization of existing cathodic protection systems.