Wireless Energy Transmission On A Global Scale? Tesla Would Be Proud.

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If only Nikola Tesla (inventor of AC or alternating current that is used world-wide, the fluorescent tube that we use to this day ) were alive to see this now; a group of Russian physicists are picking up from where he had left off, using his patents and ideas to finally create the masterpiece that had been long suppressed: wireless electricity transmission. Their work has been largely forgotten, and just like Tesla himself they have not reached their funding goals, but they still seem to be publishing updates regardless.

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Nikola Tesla holding a gas-filled phosphor-coated light bulb which was illuminated without wires by an electromagnetic field from the “Tesla Coil”

In 1891, Nikola Tesla gave a lecture for the members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers in New York City, where he made a striking demonstration. In each hand he held a gas discharge tube, an early version of the modern fluorescent bulb. The tubes were not connected to any wires, but nonetheless they glowed brightly during his demonstration.

Wireless electricity transmission solves a number of problems: it allows people to receive electricity without large-scale infrastructure costs, transmission to remote locations becomes feasible, and terrain is no longer a restriction. This ONE invention could well grant billions of people access to life-empowering electricity… Assuming they succeed that is.

The basis for the project involves using the Earth as a wire, rather than a physical wire. Anybody who understands electric circuits realizes that most devices come with three wires: Live, Neutral and Earth. Normal transmission of electricity starts at a power plant, and is sent through the live wire. It returns via the neutral wire.

There a reason for having an Earth wire though: The Earth is described as the destination of lowest “potential difference”, a potential difference being analogous to gravity… but for electricity. The Earth is also in a sense, for the purpose of electrical transmission, fairly conductive.

Colossal bolts of electricity arced hundreds of feet from the tower’s top to lick the landscape. A curious blue corona soon enveloped the crackling equipment. Millions of volts charged the atmosphere for several moments, but the awesome display ended abruptly when the power suddenly failed…. Tesla confirmed that the Earth itself could be used as an electrical conductor

In the event of a short-circuit, electric current often builds up in the device …. until an object touches it and completes a circuit leading down to the Earth. That object is often an unwary person, who would soon get a shockingly informative lesson on physics.

The Earth wire is designed to take the charge straight into the Earth, in the place of the unfortunate victim. Hence its name. Anyway, long story short, Tesla hoped to use the reverse process to transmit electricity directly; no need for Live or Neutral wires, when the Earth is sufficient. The Earth itself would be “charged” up like a giant battery via a Tesla Tower,  causing an opposite charge to be created in the ionosphere. This massive potential difference would allow transmission of electricity to anywhere where a receiver is equipped with an antenna and an Earth wire.

Imagine watching TV via the power of lightning.

There are other aspects of Tesla’s work that are not being addressed by the scientists at this point, one of which being electricity generation rather than mere transmission. By using the Earth as a dynamo, or by making use of the existing potential difference between the ionosphere and the Earth, Tesla had hoped to be able to generate electric charge which would then be dissipated around the world. The man was ambitious.

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Tesla’s ambitions were thwarted by money; the first real Tesla tower, the Wardenclyffe Tower, was near completion and showed “encouraging signs”. The project would be abandoned when Tesla himself spent all his savings on the project.

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The first real Tesla tower, the Wardenclyffe Tower

“It is not a dream, it is a simple feat of scientific electrical engineering, only expensive — blind, faint-hearted, doubting world! […] Humanity is not yet sufficiently advanced to be willingly led by the discoverer’s keen searching sense. But who knows? Perhaps it is better in this present world of ours that a revolutionary idea or invention instead of being helped and patted, be hampered and ill-treated in its adolescence — by want of means, by selfish interest, pedantry, stupidity and ignorance; that it be attacked and stifled; that it pass through bitter trials and tribulations, through the strife of commercial existence. So do we get our light. So all that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combatted, suppressed —

only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.”

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Disclaimer: the website was written by Russian scientists (duh), and the English used within was at times difficult to understand. I apologize in advance for any misinterpretation of their work. It should be noted that several potential problems regarding Tesla’s idea exist: wireless energy transmission on its own might be very inefficient, as the stored charge in the ionosphere/ Earth might randomly discharge as lightning. This problem might be mitigated if we were to use the existing charge in the ionosphere as a means of electricity generation though. Other problems probably exist that reduce the efficiency of this method, but it remains a field worth exploring.

 

 

 

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17 COMMENTS

  1. I have read that after his death many of his notes,patents were taken by industrialist`s and hidden or destroyed.Makes sense that a foreign country would still have some of them.

  2. Sounds like if you have the right resonator, you can get free electricity from the transmitter. They will have to encrypt the resonator (like bluetooth, keep switching frequencies).

      • electricity must be generated(as today is),
        so in order not to waste it(because isn’t endless) you would
        have to control the distribution somehow.

        • energy is every where in many shapes and forms, throughout the known universe which is infinitely expanding so there really isn’t a limited amount of energy just just limited ways to collect it/harness it

  3. Imagine watching TV via the power of lightning =) we need to fight for this because bank and oil industrial not need this if this dream come true rich people lose all money and power 🙁

  4. I’m an electrical engineer. I can tell yout that with current technology advancements, we are much more close to superconductive transmission of electrical energy (no losses direct current transmission).

    This kind of transmission is technically schockingly uneconomical to transmit large quantities of electricity. It is useable and is being used for devices that use below 1 W of electrical power.

    There is a tremendous way to go to anyrhing even remotely better over long distances.

  5. Tesla’s legacy was distorted by powerful political dynasties and industrial elites.
    Whatever he had done, it was for the well-being of humanity, but unfortunately people didn’t treat him the way he should have treated…

  6. There are a couple of problems inherent with wireless electrical transmission that are very difficult to get around. The number one issue is that anything even remotely conductive with a path to ground would greatly diminish the power efficiency of the system. Not only that but a human at a certain threshold ends up becoming a serious problem as it becomes capacitively coupled to the rf energy being generated in the air. So if said human was at earth potential then you would get fried in a second but that’s even if the system can approach transmission powers and efficiencies that are even remotely economical. For this system to really work properly we’d have to increase the efficiency of all of our devices that would use said systems by many orders of magnitude. The best way to implement this would be a directed energy point to point system and even then to transmit the power required it’d have the potential to ionize air and inhibit the efficiency of the system as a whole. Now is it possible to do? Maybe but it most certainly isn’t the way Tesla initially proposed. The air alone is a serious limiting factor.

    • what you say isn’t entirely true air is full of static transmission which is a major part of Tessa’s idea, if said point had a large amount of static built up then it would disperse directed to receiver point through earth’s magnetic field with small loss of energy potential making it incredibly efficient.

  7. “Anybody who understands electric circuits realizes that most devices come with three wires: Live, Neutral and Earth. Normal transmission of electricity starts at a power plant, and is sent through the live wire. It returns via the neutral wire.

    There a reason for having an Earth wire though:”

    The reason for the earth wire is for safety. The neutral is connected to earth, sometimes in several places, so that a fault causing a short circuit to exposed conductive surfaces in an appliance results in a large enough current flow to operate a circuit breaker or a fuse to isolate the appliance from the power source.

    Electrical power is already transmitted as radio waves, but a transmitter with an output of 100kW, for example, will only produce a few microwatts in a receiving antenna.

  8. Tesla was a “Big Ideas” entrepreneur that the modern internet fad-scientist/conspiracists, have decided to latch onto; because many of them are just too damn lazy to do the hard yards of proper science. As far as many of them are concerned, Tesla the “outsider”, personifies their own inability to grasp science. When they can’t work out the answers, they claim that there is a major conspiracy to shut it all down. Translated, that means there wacko science, just doesn’t work.

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