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Hydrogen-Producing Skyscraper Harvests Energy From Bolts of Lightning

Posted By Mike Chino On March 9, 2011 @ 8:30 pm In Architecture,Environment,Renewable Energy | 6 Comments

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Part lightning spire and part futuristic super-tower, the Hyrdra Skyscraper [2] was designed by Milos Vlastic, Vuk Djordjevic [3], Ana Lazovic, Milica Stankovic [4], and was an honorable mention in the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition [5]. It’s meant to be implemented in the tropics, where 70% of all lighting occurs – this includes areas like Singapore, Central Florida, Venezuela, and Kifuka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

When lighting 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 [6]. The tower’s twisting form was inspired by the Hydra, a simple freshwater animal. The project also includes a research facility, housing, and recreational areas for scientists and families – which we assume are a pleasure to use when the skyscraper isn’t being blasted with one billion volts of electricity [7].

+ Evolo Skyscraper Competition [5]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/insane-hydrogen-producing-skyscraper-harvests-energy-from-bolts-of-lighting/hydra-ed01/

[2] Hyrdra Skyscraper: http://www.evolo.us/competition/hydra-skyscraper/

[3] Vuk Djordjevic: http://www.behance.net/Renovatio

[4] Milica Stankovic: http://www.behance.net/Milica

[5] 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition: http://www.evolo.us/competition/

[6] electrolysis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolysis

[7] one billion volts of electricity: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_volts_of_electricity_does_a_lightning_bolt_have

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