An Instant Challenge: Capturing a Lightning Bolt

Engineers Got Blued


Engr. Juanitas, Engr. Maceren, Engr. Celeres, Engr. Nicolas and I were gathered in a dinner and there was a sudden spark of brilliant question from one of the engineers: “Ma-dato gyud ta kaayo bah og kabalo ta mudakop og kilat. Posible ba? Dako kaayo na nga energy ba if ever.”

Silence came in. Then we laughed out loud. I wondered, is there really someone who has attempted to do such thing? A combination of electrical, civil, and electronics engineering fields were expected to come out with an idea. Then theories flooded in, opposing its possibility.

-The difficult predictability of the strike location of the lightning bolt.

-The energy storage system of the lightning wherein it should be stored within a fraction of a second.

The discussion continued. One of us claimed that there is no need to predict lightning because it is evident that it strikes high altitude objects like trees…

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