” …there is a possibility of obtaining energy not only in the form of light, but motive power, and energy of any other form, in some more direct way from the medium. The time will be when this will be accomplished, and the time has come when one may utter such words before an enlightened audience without being considered a visionary. We are whirling through endless space with an inconceivable speed, all around us everything is spinning, everything is moving, everywhere is energy. There must be some way of availing ourselves of this energy more directly. Then, with the light obtained from the medium, with the power derived from it, with every form of energy obtained without effort, from the store forever inexhaustible, humanity will advance with giant strides. The mere contemplation of these magnificent possibilities expands our minds, strengthens our hopes and fills our hearts with supreme delight.…” — Experiments With Alternate Currents of Very High Frequency and their Application to Methods of Artificial Illumination, — Nikola Tesla, 1891
But first everyoneis going to have to wake up and unite against the fossil fuel industry:
“Billionaires Charles and David Koch, prominent donors to conservative causes, are now looking to put their money behind an advocacy group that would promote petroleum-based transportation fuel and fight government subsidies for electric cars, sources say.
The oil and gas industry may have thought it had killed the electric car, but sales — boosted by generous government subsidies — rose dramatically between 2010 and 2014, and energy giants are worried the thing may have come back to life.
Time to kill it again.
A new group that’s being cobbled together with fossil fuel backing hopes to spend about $10 million dollars per year to boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies for electric vehicles, according to refining industry sources familiar with the plan. A Koch Industries board member and a veteran Washington energy lobbyist are working quietly to fund and launch the new advocacy outfit.
Koch Industries, the nation’s second-largest privately held corporation, is an energy and industrial conglomerate with $115 billion in annual revenues that is controlled by the multibillionaire brothers — and prolific conservative donors — Charles and David Koch. James Mahoney, a confidante of the brothers and member of their company’s board, has teamed up with lobbyist Charlie Drevna… ” — Huffington Post
“To give a further example of the magnitude of the problem, the fair weather current density is stated from several sources to be approximately 3E-12 amps / meter2. This means that if a square meter of conducting material was placed horizontally in the air, approximately .000000000003 amps would flow through that surface. To illustrate the problem further, if a wire (1/32inch diam., for example) was used instead of a square meter of material, the current flow would be approximately (4.95E-7meters2) *( 3E-12amps / meter2 ) = 1.5E-18 amps, or .0000000000000000015 amps.” — Clifford E Carnicom, Measuring Atmospheric electricity
So much for charging a phone with energy from the ambient air.
Exiled to the desert southwest in 2001, I would get lost once in a while… heck, often.
On one of these wanderings, I found a place that was hours away from any highway; among some of the most remote locations as I have ever experienced. Even in this area I discovered bits and pieces of wire, porcelain insulators, the detritus of man.
In September of 1898, Tesla demonstrated the remote controlled boat in the image above at Madison Square Garden during the First Annual Electrical Exhibition. It was controlled by means of tuned circuit technology which enabled the machine to be steered in different directions, stop, start, and flash lights, all by means of a controller held by Tesla.
Tesla referred to the boat as an “automaton” and believed that the technology would one day be used to fight wars.
In 1896, armed with Tesla’s AC patents, George Westinghouse won the contract (against Edison and D.C.) to build the ancestor of today’s power generation facilities at Niagra Falls. (The War of the Currents)
Have a look at part of Edison’s campaign to discredit AC power:
1964 is generally the year given for the advent of the first supercomputer. If the computing power from 1964 is laughable compared to what you are working on today, why are we still using nineteenth century models for the generation and distribution of electrical energy?
ITP, Tisch School of the Arts
New York City