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Can you store the energy released from bolts of lightning?

Is there any way of storing the energy released form bolts of lightning? If so why has no one tried it?

Jordan Fraser


One Response

  1. Hi Jordan :).
    Yes, it is possible to harvest some of the energy in lightning but only in small quantities…. Safely! A lot of interesting development is in progress with encouraging results and the potential is there to obtain a valuable contribution to our energy needs.
    Nature has already evolved an effective way to utilise the phenomenon as electric storms provide a vital link in the nitrogen cycle which supports the regeneration of nutrients for vegetation. Nitrogen is an essential part of biochemistry and it’s presence in R.N.A., D.N.A., proteins etc. of all animals can be traced back to the eating of plants at some stage in the food chain.
    Future discoveries, and investment, may enable a financially viable way to collect this natural source of electricity and then to feed it into our national grid. Innovation, research, and inspiration lead to discovery so it could happen.
    There are links with laboratory experiments involving the ‘Van de Graaff Generator’ and the ‘Gold Leaf Electroscope’ which are relevant to such an investigation. Perhaps you may contribute to the success of this mission too?
    Good Luck.

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