Vol 8, No 3 (2017) > Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering >

Lightning as a Source of Electricity: Atmospheric Modeling of Electromagnetic Fields

Moses Eterigho Emetere


Abstract: A weather- influenced
Maxwell's electromagnetic model for lightning activities has been considered.  Three governing equations were stated for further
analysis. The charge dynamics, lightning branches and atmospheric factors were
analyzed. The model was validated by analyzing ground data from the Davis-Pro
weather station. The data collected was targeted for the month with the highest
lightning activity. It was discovered that lightning occurs at the upper
pressure level (under certain conditions that are stated in the thesis) while the low pressure level
initiates an updraft, i.e. air rises and condenses into a cumulonimbus cloud. These findings
present the keys to considering a lightning system as a source of alternative energy.
Keywords: Davis weather station; Electricity; Electromagnetic model; Lightning

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