Besides sounding like the name of a heavy metal band, the "Lightning Foundry" project will boast the world's largest Tesla coils, which will stand ten stories high and will encompass a football field-sized area. Such coils should be able to generate 200-foot-long electrical arcs.
Previous research has shown that lab-generated electric arcs start to behave more like natural lightning when they are longer than 200 feet. In an effort to better understand the physics and behavior of lightning, Leyh and his team also plan on generating even longer arcs.
The research, of course, spring-boards off the work of genius Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla, a pioneer of electromagnetism technology in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
As Leyh and his team wait for enough funds to roll in, they are using a functional 1:12 scale prototype to glean information and test new designs before they embark upon the bigger version of the Lightning Foundry.
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