A competition entry for the Evolo 2011 by a team of students consisting of Milos Vlastic, Vuk Djordjevic, Ana Lazovic and Milica Stankovic. This project was rewarded the honorable mention award from the Evolo 2011 jury.
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TYPE: Competition work
DESIGN: Vuk Djordjevic, Milos Vlastic, Ana Lazovic, Milica Stankovic
What would happen when the ultimate source of energy could be free for all humans, when it could be possible to replace all fosil fuels with alternative ?
The most rewarding alternative sources of sustainable energy is Hydrogen because of his attainability and its low production costs.
Water is the biggest renewable resource Over 70% of the earth is covered with water. The percent of hydrogen in water measured by weight, is 11.2%. There is definitely an abundant supply.The advantage in using hydrogen as fuel is that, during combustion, it binds itself to the oxygen in the air, and creates water. Hydrogen is therefore totally renewable, and with this in mind, it could be said that we only “borrow” the hydrogen.
Electrical discharge shell be used for hydrogen production trough the poroces called „Electrolysis of water“.
Electrolysis of water is the decomposition of water (H2O) into oxygen (O2) and hydrogen gas (H2) due to a direct electric current being passed through the water.
The storm clouds are charged with electricity like a large electric capacitor, the upper layers of storm clouds are positively and the lower layers of storm clouds are negatively electrified.
An average bolt of positive lightning carries an electric current of about 400 000 amperes - about 10 times that of negative lightning.
1/ Near the small village of Kifuka in the mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. On average this region receives 158 lightning strikes per square kilometre a year
2/ Above the Catatumbo river, which feeds Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, Catatumbo lightning flashes several times per minute, 140 to 160 nights per year
3/ Singapore has one of the highest rates of lightning activity in the world. Lying near the Equator, the weather is hot and hummid almost all year round. Conditions are favourable for the development of lightning producing thunderstorm clouds. An average of 171 thunderstorm days are recorded annually in Singapore
4/ In the US, Central Florida sees more lightning than any other area. Florida has the highest annual flash rate with an average of 59 lightning bolts per square kilometre a year
These are only some of the locations where Project Hydra is applicable. And where its purpose can be used to its fullest potential.
The tentacles of our superstructure are used to harness electrical power from the lightnings. Hydra operates as a strong tree root anchored to the ground underneth the structure while keeping it perfectly stable.
Graphen has the greatest thermal and electrical conductivity ever measured yet, its also one of the strongest materials ever tested. It has a breaking strength 200 times greater than steel.
The inner shell of the exosceleton is a hexagonal graphene construction that supports the building. the whole exoskeleton construction acts as a Faraday cage protecting scientists and engineers from thunder strike.