Hydra is a power plant and research facility combined, designed to harness the energy of lightning storms. The Serbian design team, consisting of Milos Vlastic, Vuk Djordjevic, Ana Lazovic and Milica Stankovic, received runner-up status in the 2011 Skyscraper Competition over at eVolo. The Hydra is essentially intended to be a massive lightening rod that can take advantage of the immense amount of energy held in each lightening bolt that strikes it.
Constructed out of grapheme, this carbon-based element is two hundred times stronger than steel and has a high electric and thermal conductivity. When struck by lighting, the plant will produce hydrogen through electrolysis and store the power in huge batteries; it can then be transported by truck or pipeline anywhere it is needed.
The Hydra project can be built in any of the five regions of the world which have the highest concentration of lightning storms — such as South America, Florida, Singapore or the Congo. The Hydra accomodates research facilities as well a residential hive and housing for engineers and their families.
With a front row seat during thunderstorms, it is surely one of the coolest places to be — especially considering that its only byproduct is fresh, clean water.