Here is a very basic concept idea/plan to harvest energy from Lightening. It is done in an artificial chamber, simulating weather in the atmosphere, but under exact and controlled circumstances; still in the incubation-thinking phase. It has incredible additional possibilities for all kinds of applications. I call it; AWCS- Project Artificial Weather Control Simulator.
We are conducting this project to explore the possibilities of weather control to provide water to drought areas of our Planet where human population needs additional and stable year round fresh water supplies. In addition to this we are looking into collecting the energy generated by Cumuli Nimbus Cloud formations, which produce lightning. Heat in the chamber is made by bombardment of two laser beams. If this works it can be replicated in the atmosphere for weather control. Eventually energy collection too. We also see the military applications. We will use a Particle Laser Beam, which will intersect with another Particle Beam or High frequency Laser or Chemical laser. Lightning Rods strategically placed will collect energy. And we will have an Escape Door for rapid Barometric Pressure change Cumuli Nimbus Cloud. We bombard the first particle beam with another beam and thus creating heat in a chamber set with the proper and most likely barometric pressure for thunderclouds to form. We then allow these clouds to form and make lightening.
The lightening is attracted to the lightening rods, which have the specific charge necessary. This provides constant electricity. Trap door is set with vents to constantly monitor the barometric pressure and allow for an escape of the system by dumping air to flow in or out to modify the circumstances during tests. We have also devised a Hamster wheel type devise where the beams are sent in at an angle from between two or three in series wheels with reflectors on them which send the light across the diameter of the wheels where they again are reflected to the center and other side and so on, until they heat up. This system is driven by the electricity derived from the lightening, this would in fact be a perpetual motion machine and the wheel would keep spinning due to the heat it makes trying to escape and the direction that the mirror reflectors were angled to reflect the beams back into themselves. Air would come into the chamber and be sucked in by the spinning wheels and form heat and mixed with very little mist would produce the clouds. The entire system would be about the size of two barns at a normal ranch house.
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