An ambitious project to re-create an amazing electrical effect that's only been observed in natural lightning... until now. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on December 10, 2011.
About this project
What is the Lightning Foundry? The Lightning Foundry is a project to re-create super-long discharge effects normally found only in lightning. Two 10-story Tesla Coil towers will fill an area the size of a football field with lightning-like discharges hundreds of feet in length. If we trigger super-long discharge effects the arcs could strike considerably further.
Final Update --- Although our project didn’t get funded, rest assured that we’ll continue to scour the surplus markets for obtainium and build as we can. Check our website from time to time for progress updates.
Thanks again to everyone for supporting this fundraiser and getting the word out there. Just over 36,000 people visited this page during the campaign! We actually achieved 10% of the funding goal, which is *by far* the closest the Lightning Foundry has ever come to reality. It was great to experience how many people out there value the pure research potential of this project and the mysteries it might help resolve.
And a special thanks to Kickstarter, for revolutionizing how new projects are funded. Cutting-edge advances in scientific research are returning to the hands of independent scientists, engineers, and inventors.
A ‘Million Volt Ride’ in the top electrode of the 40kW experimental coil in San Francisco… G. Leyh directing an arc at a 10ft stepladder.
Jamie Hyneman directing an arc at a test subject from the top of the 40kW experimental coil, using his custom salt-water cannon.
Mike Kennan and his ‘Tesla Roadster,’ the world’s first [and currently only] vehicle powered completely by wireless power. [Click here for video]
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