Last test my LTPC broke and sliced my knee. A part of the shale broke down after a short-circuit of the mechanism. Biggest problem is that I my LTPC is broken and fixing it will be very costly.
To get more investors behind my project I used an older version to show the full potential of my Lightning to Power Converter. What I did was mounting the older smaller version into my backpack and used the antenna from my last test. If a lightning strike hits, I would be able to power my phone or laptop in my backpack!
After two years of research I can finally say that I had a working prototype! Last Friday evening I did my second prototype test. Where with the first test the weather wasn’t in my favour, the second test the weather was just right.
I lit up the balloon with the copper wire attached to it and was able to get a triggered lightning strike after 40 minutes. My Lightning to Power Converter was able to extract 8 ampere out of the strike with a voltage of 40, which comes down at about 300 watts. I know that it doesn’t sound big, you can probably run your washing machine for half a wash, but it is a very nice beginning.
The main goal of these first test was to see how many Watt my LTPC was able to convert from one lightning strike. To take my LTPC one step further I’m going to connect it to the closed power grid of my parents house, they are on holiday so they won’t even notice. I will do the test a usual and hope to able to power a part of my house out of one lightning strike. I will be testing it tonight (Monday 12th of June) if the weather conditions are favourable.
My successful prototype test got a bit of attention in the Dutch media:
With great proud I can announce that the patent for the lightning to power converter is pending! I’ve worked day and night to get to the point where I’m standing now. With this milestone I will be able to test my converter and show everyone that lightning is the power source of the future!