Ever wondered how much electricity is generated by lightning?

Thunder and lightning can be both a beautiful and frightening phenomenon – Find out how much energy lightning generate below…

How much energy does lightning generate?With an average bolt of  lightning striking from cloud to ground containing roughly one billion (1,000,000,000) joules of  energy, that is a lot of power in every lightning bolt!

Furthermore, each year, over one and a half billion lightning flashes are released into our atmosphere, so you can imagine just how much energy is created by this one source alone.
How much energy does lightning generate?Real clear science, National Geographic, Stormwise

Could lightning be used to power your business?

Unfortunately, the technology that can convert this amount of energy into usable power doesn’t exist yet. An exceptionally large battery that would be able to cope with such an intense and sudden influx of raw electricity would be required. The battery would then need to be able to retain this power and also be able to steadily release the stored power when it’s needed.

Current technology just isn’t able to sustain this yet. Some inventors have tried to make progress in this area, however, the devices already developed with this capability are either incredibly difficult to produce or are inefficient.

Alongside this, we are not yet able to store and retrieve any energy that we are able to capture because of simple physics. A lot of energy is lost in the conversion process.

Combined, the limited total energy that we can secure and the difficulty and loss in accessing it, means that we would only generate a tiny fraction of the power that we use every day from atmospheric lightning. This means that lightening isn’t, at this moment in time, a feasible solution to our energy demands.

What other alternative sources of power are there?

There have been a lot of developments in energy generation over the past few years, many of which have the potential to change how we procure our energy forever…

Piezoelectric devices: These are devices that are powered by kinetic energy (movement/ vibrations)

Solar power: Power generated by the sun

Carbon Nano Tubes: These are a more developed version of solar panels, they use smart materials and design to get the most out of the energy that can be captured by the sun

Fracking: Although controversial to some, nations across the world are currently experimenting with how best to extract natural gas via hydraulic fracturing

How do I get a better conventional business energy deal?

Get in touch with the team at Exchange Utility. We can help you to compare supplier contract offerings and identify areas in which you can create savings for your business.

All that you need to get started is a recent business energy bill, then our team will work with you to find the best possible solution for your business.

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