An inventor in Illinois is working on a device to generate electricity from lightning. While a couple of recent articles in different publications have covered this concept, none of them have much in the way of details or particulars. The best coverage seems to be from Inhabitat, where I first heard about this.
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.
This is being covered (in Business Week among other sources) along with some other things we've mentioned on EcoGeek in the past such as parasails for cargo ships, the Tornado Generator, AquaBuOY wave power generator and algae biofuel. We assume it falls into the same range of feasible, early-development technology. But while there is only sketchy information about the concept for now, we'll just note it without comment about its potential until we can find out more information about it.
Previously on EcoGeek:
Using Lighting to Create Hydrogen or Create Hype?
written by Cool materials, November 21, 2007
written by Steve LeRoy, December 05, 2007
written by Steve LeRoy, December 13, 2007
written by Pecos Bill, July 10, 2008
written by green bug, April 16, 2009
written by asokkalidass, August 29, 2009
written by Steven LeRoy, January 08, 2010
written by Theresa St. Amant, August 04, 2012
written by satheesh kumar, February 21, 2013
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