Free Electricity and Nikola Tesla's Dream
Nikola Tesla (see picture below) was a Serbian-American inventor and genius who pioneered in early electrical sciene. Many of Tesla's inventions have been incorporated into today's hi-tech world, including alternating current and cell phone towers. Though we don't realize it, he pre-dated Einstein and Bohr in describing the atom. He was one of the earliest forefathers of quantum physics. And when experimenting with telegeodynamics, he inadvertently caused an earthquake.
Nikola Tesla, at the press conference honoring his 77th birthday in 1933, said electrical power is present everywhere in unlimited quantities "and could drive the world's machinery without the need of coal, oil, gas, or any other fuels".
A reporter asked him if the sudden introduction of his system wouldn't upset the present economic system.
Tesla replied, "It is badly upset already."
Tesla dreamed of a world free from poverty, hunger, famine and drought. With practically unlimited power available, we can desalineate sea water to relieve people dying of thirst and make the desert bloom with corn and rice to feed them.
Tesla thought that energy and electricity are the keys to improving the quality of life for the billions of people on the planet. He understood that energy and electricity exist freely in nature. He invented a wireless magnifying transmitter, using the earth's geomagnetic pulse, to supply wireless electricity to homes and businesses.
His rival inventors, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, were less blessed by genius and more interested in the entrepreneurial side of things. They wanted to developed the practical applications of electricity to capitalize on it.
They succeeded in squashing many of Tela's ideas and patents which would render obsolete their own technological developments before those developments had a chance to pay off.
The patent wars got mean. The winner was the one with the most backing, the one who could carry on multiple lawsuits indefinitely. It often wasn't Tesla, and that wasn't due to the relative merits of their ideas.
Static Electricity vs. Dynamic Electricity
Electrostatic energy is omnipresent in nature. One lightning bolt contains millions of volts--enough energy to power a major city for a year.
Why then, don't we harness and use this green, clean, infinitely renewable source of energy?
We were led to believe that the difficulty lies in converting static electricity to dynamic electricity, or moving current.
Working with some ideas from Tesla's free-energy receiver, in 1921, a German scientist and inventor named Hermann Plauson succeeded in obtaining several patents, including one in the US, for The Conversion of Atmospheric Energy.
For "Atmospheric Energy", read "Static Electricity". They are the same thing. "Atmospheric" was how they referred to "static" electricity at that time. In other words, electrostatic energy. Plauson invented a device which can convert static electricity to useable electric current. A spark-gap oscillator turns a static charge into dynamic energy. The transformer in his device steps down the vibrating high voltage to practical levels of power for heating, lighting, motors & etc.
Tesla in his Workshop
A Visionary--Before His Time
The patent wars drained Tesla of time and energy; he was tormented about peripheral legal matters and worried always about money to fund his research.
But he didn't stop. He was driven by his unique vision on how to benefit the world, and he knew he was closing in on the answers.
Tesla didn't stop, but he didn't exactly win, either. So many of his ideas were so far ahead of his time that he was often greeted with skepticism, or outright laughter. The general populace couldn't consider his ideas feasible, even though they worked and he could demonstrate them. Remember, electricity itself was a very new concept to these people at this time.
That's the reason I'm writing this blog now. So much of what I use today and that improves the quality of my life is a legacy, the results of efforts of genius from times past, whose work in their lifetimes went unrealized. It was only later on, when the ideas gained a wider acceptance, that the practical applications which I enjoy and take for granted today were developed.
So certain ideas, like the idea of free electricity, has to reach sort of a critical mass in people's minds before the idea gets used and the applications are developed.
I know there many challenges to surmount in building a practical Lightning Converter. I also know there are enough technological, engineering, and electrical science brains in this country to overcome any problem that may arise.
I'm doing what very little I can do to help by putting this blog out there, and hoping it gets read.
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