Skyscaper harvests energy from lightning

Now there’s a headline you had to click on.

The story, from a website called Inhabitat, shows a futuristic design for capturing the power of lightening and using it to make hydrogen.

Here’s the science: “When lightning strikes, the spire’s super-conductive graphene skin channels electricity into a massive array of batteries in the tower’s base. This energy is then used to split water into hydrogen gas through electrolysis.”

A power source of the future? Not for baseload power, unless you happen to live in the middle of an electrical storm.

But these kinds of potential innovations provide some uplift in the midst of all the stories about coal expansion.

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