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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
Hydrogen power is an exciting alternative energy source because it burns clean and emits only water vapor and heat -- however the tech is crippled by the fact that it takes a lot of energy to produce hydrogen fuel. This eye-popping Hydra Tower aims to solve the hydrogen conundrum in the most
logical awesome way possible -- by harnessing bolts of lighting to smash molecules of water into hydrogen and oxygen. The spire's sinuous exoskeleton is made from graphene, a carbon super-material that is 200 times stronger than steel and highly conductive to heat and electricity - the better to channel incredible amounts of energy straight from the sky.
Part lightning spire and part futuristic super-tower, the Hyrdra Skyscraper  was designed by Milos Vlastic, Vuk Djordjevic , Ana Lazovic, Milica Stankovic , and was an honorable mention in the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition . 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 . 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 .
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/insane-hydrogen-producing-skyscraper-harvests-energy-from-bolts-of-lighting/hydra-ed01/
 Hyrdra Skyscraper: http://www.evolo.us/competition/hydra-skyscraper/
 Vuk Djordjevic: http://www.behance.net/Renovatio
 Milica Stankovic: http://www.behance.net/Milica
 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition: http://www.evolo.us/competition/
 electrolysis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolysis
 one billion volts of electricity: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_volts_of_electricity_does_a_lightning_bolt_have
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