Can You Imagine This 10-Storey-High Lightning Machine That Covers An Entire Football Field?

By Jesus Diaz on at

Insane. There's no other adjective that can describe this mad project. A mad project that is perfectly doable: two 10-storey Tesla Coil towers separated by 260 feet. They will be capable of unleashing the energy of natural lightning.

"The Lightning Foundry is a project to re-create super-long discharge effects normally found only in lightning. Two 10-story Tesla Coil towers will fill an area the size of a football field with lightning-like discharges hundreds of feet in length. If we trigger super-long discharge effects the arcs could strike considerably further."

These guys are totally serious about this. They know what they are doing, too. They have created a 1:12 model of this project already, and they have produced multiple Tesla coils, including the 130,000-watt Electrum, the largest in the world.

Now they just need $348,000 (£218,000) (you can check the cost breakdown here), which they're sourcing through Kickstarter. It's a lot of money, I know. But come on, don't you want to see lightning covering an entire football feet 10 stories up in the air? Of course you do. While non-Yanks can't donate money to Kickstarter causes yet, this is something you'll likely see on the evening news in a year's time. [Lightning On Demand via Kickstarter via BoingBoing]

Update: Commenter GodAlmighty tells us that Kickstarter now accepts funding from outside the US. Apologies in advance, bank managers.