Mankind has an unsustainable impact on planet Earth. It is necessary to develop alternative energy sources. The goal is to develop a more durable supercapacitor that can harvest high-voltage electrostatic discharge (i.e. lightning) and store the energy as a resource. It can also be used with surge protection devices to capture grounded discharge. The researcher chose zirconium as electrodes and Teflon as an insulator. Accounting for the charge type and rate are a significant challenge. Capacitor construction and in-lab tests are scheduled to be conducted late February throughout March.
Mankind has an unsustainable impact on planet Earth. The population of 7 billion is exponentially increasing. It is necessary to develop alternative sources of energy for a sustainable future. With this research project, the goal is to develop a different type of supercapacitor that can harvest high-voltage electrostatic discharge (HVED) and store the energy as a resource. The challenge is choosing suitable electrodes, accounting for positively and negatively charged HVED, and increasing the capacitor charge rate. Future improvements can include mitigating damage to property caused by high voltage strikes and discharging the energy safely.