Nathan Stubblefield’s observations of natural electrical manifestations led him to consider the taking of “free” electrical energy from the earth. His excessive study of theoretical literature taught that no such advantage could be obtained by using earth batteries. Writers contended that vast amounts of energy could never be used to drive the engine-works of industry by earth battery power. He saw that, unless a new breakthrough in the art could be found, the theoreticians would be correct.
Older linesmen taught Stubblefield about sensitive ground spots: how “uncommonly great” electrical activity had to be patiently searched out. These electrical hot spots, when compared with most adjoining ground, were like electrical oil wells. Finding the “right spot” would do more than simply insure good ground connection for telegraph lines. Certain ground power points could actually power the lines! Motivated toward deeper research by his own natural observations and intuitive sensation, Stubblefield devised several earth batteries. His own peculiar ability to sense earth energies taught that it was vast in quantity, yet untapped by humanity. The means for drawing out the energy could be found!
Stubblefield knew that ground probes, placed into various spots, reveal an amazing degree of electrical activity. These currents varied across any chosen plot of ground. Wet soils often reverse the expected electrical strength; weakening rather than strengthening their magnitude. Stubblefield knew that a proper placement of metallic ground probes could produce stronger currents for use. But he did not anticipate what he then accidentally discovered. His initial experiments involved the development and examination of simple earth batteries: buried metallic arrangements, which produced weak electrolytic power. Mr. Stubblefield observed a strange “earth-charging phenomenon”, reporting that the burial of an “earth energy cell” required time to build up charge. During the first phase of this charge building process, the characteristic weak output was observed. This was usually a volt at half an ampere, the general electrolytic output of buried metals.
From his linesman mentors, Stubblefield knew that placement of any grounded metal was the key toward deriving power. If properly placed, the energetic output of his cell would be phenomenal. Finding such a power point, he buried the cell. The process took a week or more to build strength. Once the cell was “saturated”, however, it became (in his words) “a conduit of earth charge”. This mysterious transition from weak battery to energy conduit required time.
Typical of his curt statements, Mr. Stubblefield simply stated that the fully saturated coil suddenly “manifested an electromotive force far greater than any known wet-cell”. This state being achieved, the cell flowed over in “commercial electrical volumes”.
He did not claim complete knowledge of the phenomenon. He observed that the activity “reached into weeks and months of continuous work night and day”.
Stubblefield envisioned the energy cell as a “plug”, drawing out the electrical charge of the ground. The cell coils acted as a lumped conductor. Charge saturated this conductor and flowed up into it, powering any electrically connected appliance. After repeated exhumations, the copper element of these cells was found “not acted on in any perceptible degree … even after repeated renewals”.
Mr. Stubblefield described means by which such cells could be connected in series at short distances from one another. “With these, acting as electrodes … you draw from the electrical energy of the earth a constant E.M.F. of commercial value”. That phrase… “acting as electrodes…” is the heart of the Stubblefield energy cell. It is not a battery. It absorbs and flows over with the stupendous energy of the earth’s charge.
This device, an earthed electrode, drew up enough natural electric charge from the earth to operate motors, pumps, arc lamps, and all the components of his ground telephone system. The implementation of his earth energy technology would have changed the nature of American Society, were it permitted free market expression in its day.
Mr. Stubblefield later stated in very plain language that the earth was filled with “an electrical ocean”. This electrical ocean was surging with huge “electrical waves” which could be felt, brimming over in certain places. No doubt, he was one who felt the ground energy. Stubblefield sensed that the ground currents arrived in powerful electrical waves. In Stubblefield’s visionary approach, the electrical waves permeated the ground. These electrical waves were like ocean waves: ceaselessly surging and cresting over.
As ocean waves crash against fixed shores and rocks, so electrical waves also surge and crash against underground geological features. Stubblefield reasoned that this electrical waving should be extreme in certain locales. The “rocky shores” of the electrical ocean were numerous but specific. Just as there are rocky shores, calm beaches, and surging ocean depths, Stubblefield clearly envisioned the mysterious dark waves of the vast and unsuspected subterranean electrical ocean.
Knowing these truths, Stubblefield arranged ground rods in very specific locales in order to intercept the electrical waves for power. He knew that these electrical waves would only appear in very specific places, so he did not expect to find them everywhere in abundance. Stubblefield constantly spoke of “working the ground” before power could be taken from it. Stubblefield observed the natural tides and boundaries of the electrical ocean in and around his lovely rural hometown.
Some researchers believed that the vast electrical ground reservoir finds its source in the enormous solar efflux. Certainly daytime grounds yield a remarkable amount of static. Ground terminal short-wave reception is excessively “choked” during the daylight hours on certain bands. Despite the supposed insulative qualities of the atmosphere the solar efflux finds its way through space, eventually permeating the ground. Some researchers have referred to the ground-permeating solar energy as the “slow solar discharge”. The “slow discharge” represents the enormous drift of Aether through the entire body of ground. The earth evidences a constantly self-regenerating charge. Tesla opposed the notion that this potent field was the result of decaying radioactive materials deep in the crust. Tesla charted and used the earth waves in their surging impulses for transmitting power across the earth. Numerous other researchers would refer to this “electrical ocean” as the vast reservoir of untapped natural energy. Somehow this reservoir is regenerated in a constant swelling. Where did the energy come from? Earth static was presumed by Tesla to be a solar activity, which manifested in and across the ground. The ever growing static of earth was problematic for physicists who could not see the source for such energetic growth potentials.
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