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A team of engineers is seeking $348,000 in funding on Kickstarter to build the world’s largest Tesla coils, capable of spitting artificial lightning for hundreds of feet. The Lightning Foundry, the brainchild of high voltage engineer Greg Leyh, will stand ten stories high (the original plan was 20 per cent higher) and will be …


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  1. Mermaid Dick
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    Wardenclyffe #2

    more than 100 years after Tesla's.

    1. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

      So it's not current research then.....

      Mines the one with "Kane" written on the back

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nikola was just ahead of his time

    a long way ahead

  3. Fr. Ted Crilly

    now this sound like fun

    right then, bring on the 8000 cubic miles of Krell machinery

    1. Thomas 4

      All well and good

      ...but how is it at frying Allied tanks and people called Tanya?

  4. Stratman

    I like the electric car bit. One of these would be a splendid way of dealing with the Middle Lane Owners Club.

  5. Cunningly Linguistic

    Ten stories?

    I thought this was going to be a partwork in installments.

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    1. Lockwood

      You should be ashamed.

      Just go ohm.

  7. zen1


    God I envy those folks!

  8. Field Commander A9

    "spitting artificial lightning for hundreds of feet"?

    All it would take is a single Miss. Misaka Mikoto....

  9. Goat Jam

    Oh Yeah

    Tesla Ironman;

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I'll personally help the funding only if they turn it into the worlds largest Zeusaphone!

      moar arc attack:

  10. Anonymous Coward

    But can it re-animate the dead?

  11. danensis

    I think your spell-chucker needs enlightning

  12. jubtastic1

    I was under the impression

    That there never was anything unworkable about Tesla's wireless power station, apart from the charging people money bit, given there's no way to disconnect a user, or know how much power they are drawing.

    Still good to see a project like this being built though.

  13. Anonymous John

    Daily Mail headline 23 November 2041

    "Does wireless power cause cancer?"

  14. Magnus_Pym

    The world needs more...

    ... Tesla coils, and bigger. !00 stories high at least.

  15. Richard Jukes

    Some could say that this is just repeating 100 year old experiments. However Tesla was on to something and it bugged him until the day he died.

  16. That Steve Guy

    "capable of spitting artificial lightning for hundreds of feet."

    Sounds like a certain base structure in Red Alert.

    Remember to keep your tanks away and blow up the power stations!

  17. Anonymous Coward

    Just team up!

    ...With Arc Attack!

  18. Alain Moran


    Transported to Nevada ey? ... let me guess, it'll be tested around the last weekend in August/first week in September!

  19. Tom 7 Silver badge

    Nearest thing

    to blue sky research we get these days.

    1. Nigel 11

      Blue sky?

      You mean, researching bolts from the blue?

  20. Purlieu

    Be sure to switch it on for the first time on

    21 Dec 2012

  21. JDX Gold badge

    Besides being really cool to look at, ... have a serious scientific point to the project

    I think they just wanted the coil, and found some science to justify it :)

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Prestige.

    is all...

  23. Thorsten
    Paris Hilton

    “Lightning uses around a tenth of the power per foot of energy to send electricity through the air compared to man-made examples,”


    I admit that back in school, I never fully managed to distinguish Watts from Volts from Amperes from all the rest, but "foot of energy"? What's that?

  24. Mips

    They do not know how lighting works

    Well I can give you a pretty good description (but you will be glad to know not here). It is all to to with charge making voltage and voltage making the air break down. There is very little power in it until it creates an ionised path to earth then wham all the current flows.

    It has absolutely nothing to do with power through the air devices which are horribly inefficient and will always be so. Have you ever stood under a high voltage pylon and held a fluorescent tube over your head? It will light up due to the EM field round the line which you are grounding. The transfer efficiency is low of course, otherwise the current would kill you. People who work in high strength fields such as live line workers have to wear conductive suits to prevent the fields from interfering with voluntary muscle control.

  25. Mips


    I assume this will be an outdoor installation. There is no way you could make a building large enough to contain that monster.

  26. Mips

    "Arc of power"

    Now what the hell is that?

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