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Using controlled lightning to clean up contaminated groundwater

Credit: lightning.ece.ufl.edu

Credit: lightning.ece.ufl.edu

In her own words, Badaruddin explains that the would test “the idea that lightning can be harnessed on-site to pyrolyse highly contaminated groundwater [at Cape Canaveral] as an approach to remediate the polluted site.”

In short, her design proposes a new infrastructure of “rocket-triggered lightning technology,” assisted and supervised by a peripheral network of dirigibles—floating airships that “surround the site and serve as the observatory platform for a proposed lightning visitor centre and the weather research center.”

The former was directly inspired by real-world lightning research equipment found at the University of Florida’s Lightning Research Group.

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