Two Russian scientists, Leonid and Sergey Plekhanov, both of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) are trying to crowdfund the building of a prototype of Nikola Teslaâ€™s Wardenclyffe tower, which could allow for wireless transmission of power. Should they succeed, it is conceivable that the entire planet could be powered by renewable energy sources with very little energy loss during transmission.
Teslaâ€™s original plans for the Wardenclyffe tower never took off in his lifetime but the two scientist are certain they can make it a reality now, by using modern materials and advanced technology. If they succeed, and if their calculations are correct, the tower could transmit energy over great distances, meaning that a series of solar panels could conceivably be placed into a 100,000 square kilometer area in the desert, and the power harvested could be enough to power the entire world.
To back their theory that the Tesla Tower could become a reality, they used the software package Ansoft HFSS to demonstrate the concept of resonance of standing waves produced by a system like the one they hope to build. Their model demonstrates that it would be possible to transmit energy globally by using Teslaâ€™s Magnifying Transmitter. They will be using ten kilometers of 16 mm wide aluminum strip as the resonator’s winding in the erected tower, meaning that the coil will be about 20 meters high when finished.
The team of scientists is seeking funds in the amount of $800,000 in donations in order to build the Tesla Tower prototype. This would allow them to test their theories with a functioning prototype as well as fund further research into wireless energy transmission. While such an amount may be hard to raise, and the technology possibly difficult to implement even if it is realized, this is still a worthy investment. Implementation of this technology would mean a drastic decrease in harmful pollution, and bring a whole new era of sustainable living.
For a more detailed description of how this technology works visit the website, http://globalenergytransmission.com where the teamâ€™s research and concepts are explained in plain terms.