Harvesting lightning energy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvesting_lightning_energy Since the late 1980s, there have been several attempts to investigate the possibility of "harvesting lightning energy". While a single bolt of lightning carries a relatively large amount of energy (approximately 5 billion joules[1] or about the energy stored in 145 litres of petrol), this energy is concentrated in a small location and is passed during an extremely short period of time (microseconds[2]); therefore, extremely high electrical power is involved.[3] It has been proposed that the energy contained in lightning be used to generate hydrogen from water, to harness the energy from rapid heating of water due to lightning,[4] or to use a group of lightning arresters to harness a strike, either directly or by converting it to heat or mechanical energy,[5] or to use inductors spaced far enough away so that a safe fraction of the energy might be captured.[6]
All that energy, FOR FREE, a dream come . . .
Could We Harness Lightning as an Energy Source? Posted by Tom Hartsfield May 8, 2012 http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2012/05/could-we-harness-lightning-as-an-energy-source.html April showers have given way to... May showers and thunderstorms. With all the electricity in the air, it is natural to ask, "Can I use this stuff to power my hairdryer?" Famous madman genius Nikola Tesla certainly pondered this idea. ...
No I won't share the final line. Except to expression my displeasure, >:( Grrrrr. those rationalists, always raining on those beautiful daydreams. . . . Okay then, how about harnessing static electricity....................... Easy peasy.

How’s that Darron? :coolsmirk:
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Pretty good article. My son brought this up the other evening when we were watching a beautiful lightning show from our front porch. I’ll have to point him to the article. He’ll be disappointed. And I don’t like spam!