Tesla’s forgotten invention brought back to life.
Nikola Tesla was a prolific inventor, and many of his inventions would seem advanced even if they were discovered today, let alone 100 years ago.
The genius with with Tesla invented these electrical contraptions was somewhat unnerving to the general public, and still are today. Many of his inventions have been resigned to the back of the science cupboard, left unused for years.
Despite the sheer intimidating ingenuity behind the ‘Tesla Tower’, Russian scientists have built one from the original plans.
The Tesla Tower is an invention, made by Tesla which has the ability to harness enormous amount of electricity, all from the strike of lightening.
Is is thought that the amount of electricity created in the moment when the lightning strikes the tower is enough to power the whole of Russia, equalling the amount that is produced by all of the power stations in the country put together. If that seems scary, it is, and it is one of the reasons this invention has been back-shelved – people are genuinely scared of the power that it holds.
The original Tesla Tower started to be built in 1901-02 in Manhattan, but the project was never finished. Like many other projects and inventions, the success of the tower was dogged with unspecified ‘problems’. Theories have suggested that the government shut down many of Tesla’s inventions over fears that he was getting too close to being able to provide free electricity to the masses, something that would greatly damage the economy.
The new version in Russia has been built near to Moscow and is named the ‘High Voltage Marx and Tesla Generators Research Facility’. When it is powered up and working, it is able to produce enough electricity to power the whole of Russia, but only for a few micro-seconds.
Researchers are still struggling with translating the immense amount of power that they can create into a method with more longevity, once they do this then free electricity is a real possibility.