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Tesla's Fuelless Generator In the 's, Nikola Tesla invented the alternating current system we use today.
By the 's, he was working on a new type of electrical generator that would not "consume any fuel. Two of Tesla's devices representing different stages in the development of such a generator are identified. He was told by the professor that such a motor would require perpetual motion and was therefore impossible.
In the 's he patented the alternating current generator, motor, and transformer. During the 's he intensively investigated other methods of power generation including a charged particle collector patented in When the New York Times in June of carried a story about an inventor who claimed an electrical generator not requiring a prime mover in the form of an external fuel supply, Tesla wrote a friend that he had already invented such a device.
Fuelless electrical generation raises the same objection of perpetual motion as did the generator in use today when it was first proposed. Research Nikola Tesla carried out during his second creative period and the resulting devices that were the basis for his assertion of fuelless electrical generation will be examined.
Whether Tesla's fuelless generator was a "perpetual motion scheme" of the sort his teacher warned him against, writing a magazine article tesla a creative application of recognized natural phenomena will be discussed.
This new power for the driving of the world's machinery will be derived from the energy which operates the universe, the cosmic energy, whose central source for the earth is the sun and which is everywhere present in unlimited quantities.
Dating back "more than 25 years ago" from would mean that the device Tesla was speaking about must have been built before More precise information is available through his correspondence in the Columbia University Library's collection.
Writing on June 10th, to his friend Robert U. Johnson, editor of Century Magazine, Tesla included a clipping from the previous day's New York Herald about a Clemente Figueras, a "woods and forest engineer" in Las Palmas, capital of the Canary Islands, who had invented a device for generating electricity without burning fuel.
What became of Figueras and his fuelless generator is not known, but this announcement in the paper prompted Tesla, in his letter to Johnson, to claim he had already developed such a device and had revealed the underlying physical laws.
The concept behind the older technical language is a simple one. An insulated metal plate is put as high as possible into the air. Another metal plate is put into the ground. A wire is run from the metal plate to one side of a capacitor and a second wire goes from the ground plate to the other side of the capacitor.
The sun, as well as other sources of radiant energy, throw off minute particles of matter positively electrified, which, impinging upon [the upper] plate, communicate continuously an electrical charge to the same. The opposite terminal of the condenser being connected to ground, which may be considered as a vast reservoir of negative electricity, a feeble current flows continuously into the condenser and inasmuch as the particles are This seems like a very straightforward design and would seem to fulfill his claim for having developed a fuelless generator powered by cosmic rays, but in Tesla wrote what he considered his most important article in which he describes a self-activating machine that would draw power from the ambient medium, a fuelless generator, that is different from his Radiant Energy Device.
The exact title of the chapter where he discusses this device is worth giving in its entirety: As a thought experiment Tesla envisioned a very long bundle of metal rods, extending from the earth to outer space. The earth is warmer than outer space so heat would be conducted up the bars along with an electric current.
Then, all that would be needed is a very long power cord to connect the two ends of the metal bars to a motor. The motor would continue running until the earth was cooled to the temperature of outer space. He wrote that he first started thinking about deriving energy directly from the environment when he was in Paris duringbut that he was unable to do much with the idea for several years due to the commercial introduction of his alternating current generators and motors.
It was not "until when I again took up the idea of the self-acting machine 3. The best known turbine, that is, water pump, associated with Tesla is his patent for such a device, 1,, which was filed for in and granted in A searchable database of magazine and newspaper articles written about or by Nikola Tesla.
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