Lightning as a Power Source
Do you think it would be possible to produce power by
collecting bolts of lightning, and converting the energy to an alternating
Seems like the first problem is getting the lightning to strike where and
when you want. But if you did put a big lightning rod up in the air, and
waited for a lightning bolt, you COULD store the charge of the lightning
bolt. This would be on a big "capacitor", sort of a jar which holds
charge. you could then bleed this stored charge off slowly at a later
time, to get a direct current, like a big battery. But only as much charge
as the lightning bolt put in.
I think the actual building of such a gizmo would be hard, then you might
have to wait awhile for lighning to strike, but the idea is ok.
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Update: June 2012