Ronald asked in EnvironmentGreen Living · 9 years ago

Can lightning be an alternative source of energy?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Using lightning as a source of energy is an active area of investigation: http://www.peswiki.com/energy/Directory:Lightning_... and consistency is often mentioned as a drawback.

    But what is perhaps very related is using atmospheric charges that produce lightning for power: http://electric-vehicles-cars-bikes.blogspot.com/2... Scientists are finding that humidity plays a significant role in this power potential: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/sciencenotfictio...

    There is a related field of tethered wind generators where one of the concerns is that a high altitude tether may act as a lightning rod and bring an excessive charge to earth. If research progress we might see a hybrid facility set up in electrically active areas that normally harness the wind but also accept atmospheric charges when available.

    • Yes, in a sense lightning can be used as an energy source. What I mean by that is its hard to predict and use natural lightning. But what can be predicted and directed is the use of a tesla coil lightning rod. Tesla was able to pull direct energy from the atmosphere and direct it.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    With renewable energy, the main thing we look for is consistancy. We know that the sun will shine every day (even thought it's sometimes cloudy)... we know that there will be a reasonable amount of wind blowing through large wind farms, and we know the core of the earth will always produce heat. We have worked to harness those types of energy. The problem with lightning is that there aren't lightning storms every day, or week, or even month. The empire state building in new york city has a lightning rod which CONSTANTLY gets struck with lightning during a storm, and we know this, but we don't even try to harness it because the infrequency with which storms appear makes harnessing it useless. also, harnessing it would be incredibly hard because lightning strikes very quickly and with a huge amount of energy, so we would probably not gain much power\strike. energy sources like solar, wind, tide, thermo(forget the rest) are what we should be focusing on and researching better ways to harness, because they are reliable.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Well winds of change is blowing in the renewable energy industry. Which was once thought to be unachievable yesterday has been achieved today take the example of drilling oil with the aid of solar energy http://blog.siemens.co.in/ sounds impossible right but this has proved to be a successful technique for oil drilling. So the day is not far when lightning will also be harnessed as a source of renewable energy to generate electricity...

  • 9 years ago

    Well, yes it can, but it will be pretty hard harnessing it!

    In fact, one bolt of lightning can power at least a country but no one has figured out a way of harnessing the power. Hopefully, in the next couple of years someone will do it. It they can manage that, we'll no longer have to rely on oil, gas, etc.

    Perhaps you will be the first? :)

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I wish, some day we have that alternative.........But we still have to pay the utility bills. nothing is free even its gifted by GOD.

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  • 9 years ago

    no - not consistent

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