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The Hydra Tower Harnesses Lightning For Energy

Following up on a question from Charles; Is there a way to store and utilize the energy produced from lightning? we bring you this amazing tower design that would harness bolts of lighting to smash molecules of water into hydrogen and oxygen. The result is clean hydrogen power that emits only water vapor and heat. Called the Hydra Tower, the skeleton-like spire is made of graphene, a carbon super-material that is highly conductive and perfect for pulling energy straight from the sky.

 

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 lightning 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.

The Hydra Spec Sheet 1 (image)
The Hydra Spec Sheet 2 (image)

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