Hydra Skyscraper – Harvesting the Lightning Bolt for Energy
There are more than 16 million lightning storms in the world every year. The average bolt of lightning carries an electric current of more than 40,000 amperes and transfers a charge of five coulombs and 500 megajoules of energy.
Taking those words to heart is a trio from Serbia who received honourable mentions at the 2011 Skyscraper Competition for their Hydra skyscraper concept.
In an attempt to capture the clean burning Hydrogen power and use it as a source of energy, the Hydra Skyscraper harvests energy from lightning storms, this energy is then used to split water into hydrogen gas through electrolysis and then stores the power in several mega-batteries located at the base. The exoskeleton is built from a high thermal and electric conductivity structure called Grapheme, which is claimed to be two hundred times stronger than steel.
The project, which most likely would be stationed in the tropics, where 70% of all lightning occurs (Singapore, Venezuela, Central Florida), will also includes a research facility, housing, and recreational areas for scientists and their families.
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