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 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); therefore, extremely high electrical power is involved. 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, or to use a group of lightning arresters to harness a strike, either directly or by converting it to heat or mechanical energy, or to use inductors spaced far enough away so that a safe fraction of the energy might be captured.
All that energy, FOR FREE, a dream come . . .
Could We Harness Lightning as an Energy Source?
Posted by Tom Hartsfield May 8, 2012
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.