My dad asked me the oh-so-famous question yesterday:
Why can't we harness the electricity from lighting?
After explaining to him the impracticalities of this as far as the amount of energy in lightning and how hard it is to get the same thing striked more than a few times in a year, I began to ponder another critical issue...
How big of a transformer would it take to get the theoretical 100,000,000 volts down to a level that could be stored in capacitors? From my understanding right now, this is a HUGE transformer! I don't know the math and EE involving fast transformers though.
When I talk big, I mean size. Like building big? Truck big?