Could Tesla's energy transmitter finally come to life? (some Russians think so)
Quick Take: If any of your utility customers are screaming about a) the dangers of smart meters or b) the unsightliness of power lines then wait until they see this latest idea. As you will read below, it proposes the construction of massive towers to beam energy to the planet. â€“ Jesse Berst
Russian scientists are attempting to revive Nikola Tesla's Planetary Energy Transmitter. And they are turning to Western investors for the money by posting the idea on the IndieGoGo crowdfunding site, where they hope to raise $800,000 to conduct additional experiments.
Their basic innovation revolves around lightweight materials to make it easier to build the tower itself. The team has also substituted advanced electronics for some of Tesla's original design. Each tower will be roughly 10 stories tall and handle voltages in excess of 3,000,000 volts. Tesla's original prototype weighed more than 60 tons. The new design will weigh only 2 tons.
The researchers hope that solar energy will supply the power itself. The role of the tower is to distribute that power using concepts conceived by Tesla more than 100 years ago.
Leonid Plekhanov and Sergey Plekhanov both earned a Masterâ€™s of Science degree in applied physics and mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Their team presented the results of its research at the General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Science with support from the Teslaâ€™s Heritage Foundation of Serbia.
Jesse Berst is the founder and Chief Analyst of SGN and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition.