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# How many homes can a lightning bolt power, and for how long

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“Current Plus Electric, LLC”

Since: Jun 10

Belleville, IL.

#1 Jun 23, 2010
How would you harness that power ? could you ?

“Winchester Model 1894”

Since: Apr 07

Roy, Washington

#2 Jun 23, 2010
A simple answer? NONE! A lightning bolt is DC (direct current), it travels from cloud to cloud or cloud to earth depending the closest opposite polarity.

Why AC? because DC bleeds off too quickly and can't be transmitted over long distances.

Edison learned this very early on.

“Current Plus Electric, LLC”

Since: Jun 10

Belleville, IL.

#3 Oct 17, 2010
MPMARTIN wrote:
A simple answer? NONE! A lightning bolt is DC (direct current), it travels from cloud to cloud or cloud to earth depending the closest opposite polarity.
Why AC? because DC bleeds off too quickly and can't be transmitted over long distances.
Edison learned this very early on.
But if you could harness that DC current you could run through a rectifier and transform to AC? correct ?

“Winchester Model 1894”

Since: Apr 07

Roy, Washington

#4 Oct 17, 2010
Currentpluselectric wrote:
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But if you could harness that DC current you could run through a rectifier and transform to AC? correct ?
To give a specific responce, the answer would be no. A rectifier transforms AC to DC by clipping half of the sine wave. An "inverter" changes DC to AC,but then there's amperage to think about. There's no practical method of storing DC except in a battery.

Tesla tried DC power in the l800s, but it failed because it couldn't be transmitted over long distances, it bled off to quickly.

“Current Plus Electric, LLC”

Since: Jun 10

Belleville, IL.

#5 Oct 17, 2010
I see the bleeding issue. what about signal amplifiers?

“Winchester Model 1894”

Since: Apr 07

Roy, Washington

#6 Oct 17, 2010
Currentpluselectric wrote:
I see the bleeding issue. what about signal amplifiers?
?? If I understand your question correctly I believe this was tried before. Yes, electricity can be transmitted by RF signal, this method failed over long distances, which gave cause for the Trans-Atlantic cable. Besides, the power needed to transmit electricity via signal would negate its very purpose.

In addition to that if electricity of that power was transmitted by signal what would happen if an airplane were to pass through the signal path?
ZOT!!!
Also, any RF electric signal travels in a straight line, that's why there are "repeaters" to follow the curve of the earth.

I'm enjoying this dialog, hope we can continue.

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#7 Jun 15, 2013
what about compasitors to store the energy and then feed that into batterys
lakawak
#8 Aug 28, 2014
Oh please....anal retentive semantics aside, the answer that the asker was looking for is that an average home could uses about as much energy as a lightning bolt has in about 1-2 weeks.

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