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Hydra Tower: Skyscraper Harnesses Lightning For Energy (PICTURES)

First Posted: 03/10/11 08:59 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

From Inhabitat:

Taking a cue from good ol' Ben Franklin, this electrifying tower design 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 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. Just don't stand too close to it unless you want your next hairdo to channel Don King.

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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 lighting 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.
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