The Hydra Tower: An Earth Shattering Skyscraper That Harnesses Hydrogen Using Lightning

Go GREEN Lightning!Go GREEN Lightning!Hydrogen power is becoming an increasingly popular alternative energy source since it burns cleanly and its only emissions are water vapor and heat.  The downside has always been the need for a considerable amount of energy to burn hydrogen fuel.  While urine is one source recently found to cheaply and efficiently extract hydrogen from, there has to be something more powerful - ahem - or at least just something cooler.


The Hydra Tower, a concept skyscraper, channels lightning bolts to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen.  The futuristic and eerie looking exoskeleton is created from graphene, a carbon material 200 times stronger than steel and, of course, highly conductive to heat and electricity, allowing the structure to harness heaven-sent electricity.

The Hydra Tower: Harnesses Hydrogen From LightningThe Hydra Tower: Harnesses Hydrogen From Lightning

Designed by Milos Vlastic, Vuk Djordjevic, Ana Lazovic, Milica Stankovic, the Hydra Tower received a mere Honorable Mention at 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, alongside the Water-Scraper.  With sights set for implementation in the tropics, where 70 percent of all lightning is said to occur, the designers felt the Hydra Tower would be best implemented in places such as Singapore, Central Fla., Venezuela, and Kifuka of the Dem. Republic of Congo.  Inspired by the "hydra," a simple freshwater animal possessing radial symmetry, the designers chose a twisting, dynamic form for the tower.

Hydra Tower Uses Electrolysis to Split Water MoleculesHydra Tower Uses Electrolysis to Split Water Molecules

How it works: when the highly conductive graphene shell is struck by lightning, electricity is channeled into a massive array of batteries in the base of the spire.  The energy obtained is used to split water molecules into hydrogen gas via electrolysis.  The project also includes areas for scientists to work and live such as a research facility, housing, and recreational spaces.  However, I imagine 1 billion volts of energy could really disrupt a game of pool.

Inside the Hydra TowerInside the Hydra Tower

Let's hope for the Hydra Tower's sake it isn't true what they say, and lightning really does strike the same place twice.

Hydra Tower Won and "Honorable Mention" at the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper CompetitionHydra Tower Won and "Honorable Mention" at the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition

Source: Inhabitat

Mar 11, 2011
by Anonymous

Radical concept

Build this in major lighting strike zones:
Midwest US, Japan, Korea,

Mar 12, 2011
by Anonymous

Lame Idea

This will be about as UN-reliable a hydrogen production concept as any I have read. This is
an investment that must not go forward as it is a waste of resources.

Nice art though !

Mar 14, 2011
by Anonymous

Good Plan

The last commenter clearly hasn't read up on graphene enough,
This concept perfectly combines the material's electrical and physical properties into something which has huge potential!
Definitely one of the best unconventional uses of graphene I've seen so far...