Skyscrapers to harness the energy of rain

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This idea provides two benefits simultaneously - it produces free electricity and reduces flooding and erosion.

The idea is to put large rain-storage tanks on the roofs of skyscrapers. Then hours or days after a rain storm, the water would flow to ground level through a pipe with a water turbine to generate electricity. The power is greatly increased because of the height of the building.

The storage of water for a few days reduces the problems of flooding and erosion in the same way that traditional detention ponds work.

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