posted on May, 21 2006 @ 10:49 AM
That's exactly the problem though, you can't make the lightning do anything it doesn't want to do.
If you present a bolt of lightning with a channel that branches out in a hundred directions, the lightning may go 100% into one channel, or 99% into
one channel and the rest down two others, and so on. In order to direct the lightning you have to match it in power, to create sufficient resistance.
We can't do that economically, I don't think.
This problem has always fascinated me. I'm thinking the goal might be set too high. Rather than trying to split the bolts, we should maybe be
trying to utilize the bolts in transit
to induce a state change in some material, and utilize the energy put off by that reaction instead.
Obviously it's highly inefficient, but it may be a necessary stepping stone.
The lightning won't fry anything as long as it's not bottlenecked or sparked off, if you could keep it going around in circles or something, in
giant underground coils, you might be able to produce steam, or condensation, or plasma, or something, and use that as the driver.
I don't know, but it's a fascinating topic.
[edit on 21-5-2006 by WyrdeOne]