# Production of electricity from atmosphere

I read the electric field intesity at the surface of earth is 100v/m. Then why can't we keep two metallic sheets at different heights and produce a continuous current by connecting these two sheets via a electric cable?

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You can, and the current would be about a micro-amp, because the atmosphere has very high resistance. So the useful power you get that way is very small.

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:Thanks for the link. –  Inquisitive Dec 16 '12 at 20:30