Just at the Strike of one

The sound of thunder and the speed of lightning always fascinates us from the beginning of our time. The huge amount of electric discharge and energy released by this phenomenon is always had been the area of interest .
 Most lightning strikes averages 2-3 miles long and carry a current of 10000 Amps at 100 million volts. But how can we tap this enormous energy of  lightning? Is there a way to tap it?

Just at the Strike of one

How lightning occurs:

A lightning occurs to to the charge discharge when the dielectric strength of the air breaks down due to excess charge in a localized area. The charge accumulates in the clouds due to various physical factors. This may be either positive or negative. This forms the static electric charge. When the opposite charged cloud is near or the charge density is very high then it cannot hold these charges. The electric field between these opposite charges becomes so high that it overcomes the air's dielectric strength. So this is a simple charge to charge attraction.

Idea to tap:

Since it involves the opposite charged ones, high towers can be erected which will be either positively charged or negatively charged in advance. Since the charge present in the clouds are usually negative, the tower's tip which would be a conductor which can be positively charged to a extent that it could attract the lightning towards it. The charge present at the tip of the tower will attract the lightning more towards it rather than striking randomly at any place. This increases the probability of lightning striking at the desired place.  As the lightning also produces a huge amount of heat energy simultaneously, this energy too can be trapped alongside. The power content in the negatively charged clouds is lesser than those of positive ones, this may be a better option in terms when it comes to storage and converting again to AC.

If this becomes a reality soon then it can glow millions of bulbs for million houses for months together just at one strike.

1 comment:

  1. We can't charge a battery that fast. All the voltage and power in the world won't do you any good if you can't actually store it, and batteries can't just instantly store up all the energy of a lightning strike. It's an interesting idea in theory, but it won't happen anytime soon, if ever.