Nikola Tesla, one of the most creative and most mysterious engineering geniuses of all times, believed that the electrostatic energy of the Sun can be successfully used for making electric power, and, indeed, the Tesla radiant energy receiver provides an excellent alternative to all the renewable energy sources used today to supply us with electricity. We are more and more desperately in need of renewable power sources that produce electric current efficiently, minimizing or completely eliminating the carbon footprint of making this energy.
The Sun generates two types of energy: heat that we can use by capturing the rays of the Sun and kinetic energy, also called electro-static energy. The difference between the two types of energy is that the rays of the Sun can be used for producing electric power only during the day, while the electro-static energy is permanently available in unlimited quantities.
What Nikola Tesla discovered is that we can actually capture this kinetic energy of the Sun and transform it into electricity with the help of a simple device that is efficient, cheap to build, silent and resistant to any weather condition. Making use of the Sun’s electromagnetic energy allows the generators using this type of energy to produce electric current without having a carbon footprint, that is, without having any kind of negative impact on the environment, being the most environment friendly form of energy generators ever.
The Tesla Tower – The Receiver of Radiant Energy
One of Tesla’s most significant projects was the building of a giant radiant energy receiver in the form of a tower-like building. It took him several years only to design the building and the construction of the Tesla Tower also known as Wardenclyffe Tower after the investor who owned the land of the building site, finally started in 1901. According to the plans, the tower would have worked similarly to radio stations and it would have consisted of an enormous wooden receiver tower that worked like a huge aerial to collect the radiant energy from the ether and a 55-foot tall dome made of 55 tons of conductive material to transfer the energy gathered from the electromagnetic fields of Earth into electricity to be used up by consumers.
When finished, the receiver was supposed to become the first center of wireless broadcasting and wireless power transmission, and the electricity transmitted this way could have been received by the users by installing large-size spheres made of conductive material and a wire on the roofs of their houses and having another wire buried into the ground. Instead of receiving electrical power from a central power supply source, consumers would receive the current through a wire.
Several experiments were carried out during the construction to test if the system really works, and the results were very encouraging, showing that the tower would be able to collect a huge amount of energy, but the construction was terminated after a few years due to financial problems The original investor stopped financing the project and Tesla tried to finance the construction from his own money, but he couldn’t finish the project and the unfinished building was demolished in 1917.
Home Uses of the Radiant Energy Discovered by Nikola Tesla
Though the giant receiver has never been built, the technology really works and it can be put into practice at a smaller scale. Though there are several projects that are combining two of Tesla’s theories, collecting energy from the ether and transmitting wirelessly, currently there are no power plants that use the method described and patented by Tesla, but many people nowadays use Tesla generators operating on the same principle to power the electrical appliances in their homes.
The interest towards the idea behind Tesla’s enormous experiment revived a few years ago when a group of prestigious scientists started analyzing the theory and then they proceeded to put it into practice. As a result, they were able to light up an incandescent light of 60 watts from a distance of about 2m, the power being transferred among 2 coils without any connecting elements like wires. The success of the project inspired IT and semiconductor companies to experiment with the technology and in Japan there is a complete conveyor system that works with energy transmitted without any connecting wiring.
Having such a generator at home will allow the owner to cut down on electricity expenses and to power smaller electrical devices like mobile phones with free, eco friendly energy. Users can easily build their own Tesla generators at home. The costs of smaller gadgets stay as low as $2, and building a generator that can charge a mobile phone does not take longer than half an hour. You can use these home-made Tesla generators to power smaller appliances in your home. As these generators are able to deliver only relatively little current, you will need to have a generator attached to each appliance you wish to power this way.
Larger devices can be a bit more complicated, and you might need to buy a plan for putting them together, but the total costs of these bigger generators will not exceed $100. If you do a little research about the topic, you will find many reputable, reliable companies that sell plans for large Tesla generators.
Putting Tesla’s theories into practice at a larger, industrial scale would have tremendous scientific and economic impacts that would probably transform all the concepts about energy that we have today. The complete switching to green energy would put an end to pollution, saving many species from extinction and stopping global warming; electric cars could travel large distances as they would be able to receive energy while on the go and the environmental impact of our existence on the face of Earth would be reduced to the minimum, to mention just a few of the immense environmental benefits of switching to radiant wireless energy. At a personal scale, the Tesla radiant energy would allow us to reduce the costs of living and to enjoy a clean, thriving natural environment without having to lower our living standards.