Serbian born engineer Nikola Tesla was a technological genius and radical inventor. His work on an alternating current power system, the fluorescent light bulb, remote control, and many other mass market inventions, revolutionized the twentieth century. But Tesla’s biggest project – his dream of providing energy to the world for free collapsed when his financial backers unexpectedly withdrew their support. Some believe that Tesla’s free energy invention was actually suppressed by one of the America’s most powerful men. Could it be that Nikola Tesla did indeed invent free energy?
In the 19th century Tesla hypothesized that electrical power could be generated using the natural resources of the Sun and Earth. Tesla understood that by harnessing the planet’s natural energy, it could be provided to the whole world’s population for free. Nikola Tesla had already demonstrated to the American institute of Electrical Engineers that power could be transferred wirelessly. Using two metal sheets and his Tesla coil oscillator, he lit up two glass discharge tubes without wires. Now he wanted to implement the theory on a grand scale. In 1901 construction began on the Wardenclyffe Tower, in Shoreham, New York. At top of the 57 meter tall tower was a 55 ton dome of conductive metal. Beneath it, an iron root system penetrated more than 300 feet into the Earth’s crust. Tesla believed that the tower would harness the Earth’s energy and transmit it into the atmosphere.
Tesla envisaged a global network of these high voltage towers, which would provide cost free wireless electricity to the masses. Homes, business, and even ships could draw power from the electrical currents that the towers provided. The development of wireless transatlantic telegraphs in 1901, and successful signal testing on the tower, was promising for the development of free energy. The tower was funded by JP Morgan. He gave Tesla 150.000 dollars in return for 51% control of the patents. But to Tesla’s shock, construction on the tower was abandoned in 1905. JP Morgan had withdrawn his support. Why would Morgan back out, just as Tesla appeared to be on the verge of a technological breakthrough? By the turn of the century, Morgan had become one of the most powerful men in the world, controlling the US electrical and railroad industries. He had an estimated net worth of 68.3 million dollars. Morgan initially financed Tesla’s wireless tower, believing that it was designed to send communications across the Atlantic. But the tower true purpose would have threatened the very industry in which Morgan had built his fortune: fossil fuel. Theorists like Tom Retterbush claim that Morgan deliberately caused Tesla’s free energy project fail thereby preserving his own financial dominance of the private energy sector.
But inventions today like wi-fi prove that the theory behind Tesla’s project was well founded. Two Russian scientists are currently raising funds to bring Tesla’s free energy source into the 21st century, using solar panels on an upgraded Nikola Tesla Tower to solve the world’s energy needs. It’s difficult to speculate the impact that Tesla’s invention might have had on global warming and energy prices. But the suppression of Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower could indeed be the reason why fossil fuels remain the number one source of energy in the world. And why continue to generate billions of dollars every year for multi – national corporations.