Power Week in Review: Harnessing Lightning, Supercap Forecast & Power Semis
Simulated lightning -- in the form of over 200,000 Vac sent across a 300-mm gap -- was used to charge a mobile device in a proof-of-concept research project undertaken by scientists at the University of Southampton and Nokia.
a step up tranformer to produce an arc and then using a transformer to step down and charge a mobile !! no wonder nokia got aquired . . . .this is NO WAY NEAR what a lightining is meant to be .. its NOT a sustained discharge like the one achived here using a transformer .. its a fraction of a sec discharge with massive power output . . . u need a 'sponge' to soak it up and then release it at a more consistent rate to make the energy usefull ... if anything the object of intrest should be a super high voltage capacitor and not a step down transformer.