Why don't they use gigantic leyden jars to collect electricity from lightning and use it to power homes?
Seriously, I had this idea the other night when it was really stormy and lighting out like crazy. Why can't they make large collection centers for lightning, kinda like a leyden jar in principle, with a humongous lightning rod to attract lightning?
Lightning is absolutely free, if it was harnessed to power our cities, at least some of them, it would be so awesome! No pollution, no cost to produce, other than construction and maintainance of the facility. You could just plug it into the existing power lines, with some massive step-down transformers of course. So why don't they do this, at least experimentally?
Lightning is unpredictable, you say. No problemo, you put this collection thingie in an area where there are a lot of storms, and add a lightning rod-a BIG lightning rod. It's very dangerous, you say. So make it completely automated, no humans required, and put it away from residential and business areas. You say lightning is much too powerful. Nonsense, you can make a big enough facility to contain it.
You say I've gone off my rocker...you may have a point there...
I know it must be dumb, and have a flaw I am not seeing-do any of you science experts know what it is? Why won't this idea work?