Powering your home with lightning
Posted by keelynet on October 16, 2007
This isn’t a new idea but always a fascinating one. As I recall the problem is storing all this power since it would explode any kind of battery bank. Years ago, some lab was working on liquid molten sodium as a storage method, another was looking into superconducting rings.
“Illinois-based inventor Steve Le Roy has developed a device that intentionally generates lightning in order to harvest energy from the electrical discharge produced. As mentioned in this month’s Business Week’s Green Tech forum, Le Roy took his cues from a coiled transformer created by Nikola Tesla at the turn of the century. Each small three-foot bolt generates enough electricity to illuminate a 60-watt light bulb for 20 minutes. But a full-scale system, LeRoy believes, could power 30,000 homes for a day with just one lightning bolt. Given that the average Midwest thunderstorm releases enough electrical energy to power the entire U.S. for 20 minutes, who knows what the potential is for the harvesting of lightning fields and arrays of bolt conductors.” – Source
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