Nikola Tesla was a multi-disciplinary genius. His discovery of the rotating magnetic field in 1882 led to a series of US Patents in 1888, which gave us the AC electric power system still in use today. This one achievement earned him the honor of being called “The Man Who Invented the 20th Century”.
But his research went way beyond what has found its way into everyday use. He is the recognized inventor of the brushless AC induction motor, radio, remote control by radio, super-conductivity, fluorescent lighting, the bladeless turbine engine and pump, the capacitor discharge ignition system for automobile engines, the mechanical oscillator, and dozens of other inventions. But he also discovered that useful energy could be extracted from the heat of the ambient air, and that electric power in the form of Radiant Energy could be broadcast to everyone in the world through the ground.
We have many reasons to thank Nikola Tesla when it comes to modern technology, but had capitalistic greed not stood in his way, Tesla’s contributions to society could have gone significantly further. Despite his mental breakdowns later in life, likely caused by detractors and capitalists who refuted his utopian visions for society, Tesla created a plethora of inventions, with the goal of transmitting energy to the world at little to no cost.
In his masterful article The Problem of Increasing Human Energy, first published in Century Illustrated Magazine in June 1900, Tesla discusses the “energy situation” like never before. After discussing every known method of gathering energy from the Natural World, Tesla departs into the unknown. His first discussion is about a machine that can gather heat from the ambient air. He calls it a “Self-acting Engine” since it could run indefinitely from the solar energy stored in the air. He called it “the ideal way of obtaining motive power”.
Tesla worked for years trying to solve all of the technical issues presented by the idea. His work with liquefied air, his discovery of hyper-conductivity at ultra-low temperatures, his bladeless turbine and mechanical oscillator were all spin-offs from his work on the ambient air heat engine. He was convinced that the system could work and that it was absolutely the best way to harness solar energy.
On a world that is warming up, tapping ambient sources of heat in the air, water and ground are the most important technologies to develop at this time.
Over the past decade, wireless technology has become a feasible technological product, but its scale has yet to reach the level at which Tesla originally envisioned. While some companies used the concept to create wireless charging devices for cell phones and small electronic devices, Tesla’s original intent was to provide a wireless network of power for anyone in the world to tap into.
The Wardenclyffe Tower
Tesla initially created his Tesla Coil in Colorado Springs on Pike’s Peak to experiment and test his idea of creating a wireless power grid for the world. There he was given free power from the local utility, as well as funding for his lab. Tesla tested his theory at his Pike’s Peak lab, creating electrical arcs that were essentially man-made lightning, seen for miles. Tesla proved that with this invention he could wirelessly power lightbulbs.
This attracted the attention of J.P. Morgan who offered financing for Tesla’s tour de force, the Wardenclyffe tower in New York, a massive magnifying transmitter also known as a high power harmonic oscillator. The Wardenclyffe tower was built to be 187 feet tall and anchored 300 feet into the ground. When Marconi beat Tesla at wireless radio transmission across the Atlantic, Tesla changed his plan for the Wardenclyffe tower to transmit free energy to all the world.
The energy was created by traditional means and cost money to generate, but Tesla’s tower intended to make it possible to transmit the power for free by creating a channel between the Earth and the ionosphere for anyone to tap into.
Aside from needing more money to accomplish this, J.P. Morgan was threatened at the prospect of free energy. After all, he was a titan of his industry in copper, a major conductor of electricity, as well as a capitalist whose work centered around profiting from others.
While it apparently hasn’t been active since the Soviet era, there is a massive Tesla Tower in Russia that is still functional. Not much is known about the compound, called the High Voltage Marx and Tesla Generators Research Facility, in the middle of a forest 40 miles outside of Moscow.
The facility can supposedly generate enough electricity to power the entire country, for a period of… a millionth of a second. The operation costs of the tower are also said to be very high. While the practicality of the facility might be part of the reason why it is inoperable, it is intriguing nonetheless. What else could potentially be gleaned from this facility if it were given funding to operate again?
Several years ago, two Russian scientists, who also happened to be brothers, started a crowdfunding campaign to build a massive magnifying transmitter with modern materials to finish what Tesla started and provide energy to the world. The construction costs for the tower were set at $800,000, however, it was never reached. The brothers claimed to have proven the feasibility of the project based on models run in computer software, as well as their belief in Tesla’s proof of concept.
Unfortunately, in addition to falling shy of their funding goal, there was another cost-related gap that was left out of the equation, funding for the generation of the energy itself. The brothers proved that an area of 100 square kilometers situated around the equator and filled with solar panels would be sufficient to meet the world’s energy demands. The cost of building solar panels to fill that area, however, is estimated at about $20 trillion.
A less benevolent example of the modern use of the science behind Tesla’s theory of wireless energy transmission is a government project in the U.S. called HAARP.
While Tesla realized the altruistic utility of the ionosphere as a transmitter for radio waves and energy, the U.S. military is likely studying it for more sinister purposes.
So, what is being studied at HAARP run by multiple branches of the military in the middle of nowhere in Alaska? Chances seem good that it isn’t related to free, wireless energy to be dispersed globally. Conspiracies surrounding the program range from death rays to EMP shockwaves for disabling weapons and radar systems, to weather control. And these fears aren’t solely held by American and Canadian citizens, the European Union also called for more transparency with HAARP and the experiments conducted there.
It’s evident that Tesla’s unfulfilled vision of wireless energy transmission has not been completely buried, and could still come to fruition in some form or another. Will the government figure out how to use it for destructive purposes, or will an innovator use it for the purpose Tesla intended it for? Free energy for all mankind.
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