The makings of a very bad idea...
bbruhns at erols.com
Sat Nov 10 11:31:00 CST 2012
I think a windmill would be a better way to get energy from wind. But
skyborne plasma current might be a source of power.
One station engineer decided to experiment with a tower having the
dandelion-looking lightning brushes that are sometimes mounted on such
radio towers, and he said he saw a current of 2 amps for ten minutes
during a storm.
If so, how much current might be delivered to a storage cell, or a load,
at 100,000 volts? The effective voltage of a storm cloud should be much
greater than 100,000 volts, so maybe the current would be essentially
unaffected. But if so, that would be 200,000 watts from a little brush.
That 2A was only for ten minutes. Those brushes are supposed to reduce
lightning strike probability, but still... If it wasn't so darn
dangerous, I would try this, and see what kind of current is delivered
into various loads during storms and at other times.
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