Is there any way that we can harvest electrical power from lightning?

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    With the threat that the earth will soon use up our last drop of gasoline looming in the not-to-distant future, lots of researchers are beginning to look into alternative energy sources. While solar, wind, and nuclear power are likely going to be put into use more often as time goes on, researchers are looking for more options of reusable energy. Capturing the power of lightning as an energy source is still in the early stages of research, but could very well be a viable option in the coming years. Steve Le Roy is pioneering this possible energy source by doing tests with a Nikola Tesla coiled transformer. So far his tests have shown that “each small three-foot bolt generates enough electricity to illuminate a 60-watt light bulb for 20 minutes. But a fullscale system, LeRoy believes, could power 30,000 homes for a day with just one lightning bolt”. If his calculations are correct, lightning power could very well be a viable energy source in the future—old Benjamin Franklin would be proud.

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