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Channel: Science ABC
Categories: Environmental   |   Physics   |   Science  
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Lightning is one of the incredible forces of nature. A single bolt of it carries a few billion joules of energy, sufficient enough to power a tens of homes for a day. Humanity since the time of Franklin and Maxwell has been contemplating the idea of capturing lightning in a bottle but thus far we have got very little success. Volatile nature, sporadic appearance and uneven geographical distribution have made it very difficult to tap this nature's source of energy. Then our electrical systems aren't advanced enough to handle this sudden burst of electricity. Although projects like Project First Light are ongoing with a mission to harvest energy from lightning, it is still under nascent stage. Perhaps it would take years before we could start using lightning as a renewable source of energy.

References:
https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/use-of-energy/electricity-use-in-homes.php
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0960148110004982
https://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/magazine/09lightningfarm.html?_r=1
https://www.projectfirstlight.net/

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