Tesla believed that ultra fine corpuscles from the sun permeated the entire earth, manifesting as static charge. Tesla further conjectured that these rays came primarily from the sun, since it was ejecting matter “at excessively high voltages”. If this were so, reasoned Tesla, then sunlight contained something of this electro-active component … and it was certainly possible to derive electrical energy from sunlight.
Nikola Tesla announced these facts in 1894, finding only the silencing ridicule of academicians already hating his very name. When Tesla declared that “rays from space” were “bombarding the earth” he was absolutely rejected by the academic club who rejected these claims as “superstitious”. Upbraiding his findings, they later claimed for themselves the very same discovery (Hess 1912, Millikan 1932).
Tesla stated that the electrical energy released by the sun is a far greater, more permeating supply than sunlight itself. He certainly believed it should be considered as a first rate natural electrical source of enormous potential for commercial applications. His assertion was based on experimentally verified facts when, measuring steadily growing charge states in vacuum tubes, it occurred to him that earth charge was sourced in solar activity.
Tesla also demonstrated the extraction of free electrical power from solar energy. A grounded mica capacitor is surmounted by a highly polished zinc plate. This plate may be poised in a highly evacuated glass container to best advantage, the zinc not exposed to corrosive influences. The tube is elevated and exposed to sunlight. The mica capacitor is connected in series with the vacuum tube. After only several minutes of exposure time, the stored electrical energy is formidable, producing a powerful white arc discharge. Tesla patented this device.
Samuel Morse originally planned the burial of telegraphic lines between cities. Having done so across some twenty miles (at great expense and through great labor) Morse found his system utterly incapable of operation. Static had so flooded his receivers that no signaling was possible at all. Receivers were paralyzed by the volume of ground-absorbed energy. This first bad experience with the static of ground presented such a discouragement, that he almost stopped the entire plan. The uneconomical task of elevating all his cables later became the normal format for telegraphic systems.
Early telegraphers observed a steady growth of static throughout night seasons. This growth continued despite the absence of winds or storm conditions anywhere along the line. Researchers have often referred to this kind of power as “free energy”, meaning that the power source is extraterrestrial and natural in supply. Such an energy source would remain cost-free. The privatization of utility companies could conceivably be municipal and democratic. Municipal groups could share the cost of installing the ground-energy stations.
Since earth absorbs the permeating solar efflux, then these energies can be extracted for eons. Others have viewed the generation of ground static as a natural “radiant process” from the ground itself. Static charge appears as the inert by-product of the mysterious earth energy, the self-magnifying organismic ground energy. Solar effects mirror the ground states, which absorb them, producing the static charge epiphenomenon. Vril, according to medieval mystical philosophers, is the ground of being from which all material manifestations emerge.
Mr. Stubblefield developed a peculiar bi-metallic induction coil which, when buried, draw up sufficient electrical power to operate lamps and other appliances which he designed and tested. A great length of both cotton-insulated copper and bare iron wires were wound together in a “bifilar” arrangement on a large iron stove bolt. The windings were held side by side throughout the coil. His patent specification describes the device as a “terminal, which draws electricity out of the ground”.
This successful operation of the device required very specific ground placement. It would not work with equal effectiveness in all locations. A very precise placement of the device required a precise knowledge, which only dowsers have. Stubblefield shared this particular fact with only one person.
I spoke with an academician who had the extreme privilege of speaking with Mr. Stubblefield’s son, Bernard Stubblefield. Bernard, by this time himself quite aged, told that his father’s method in locating the “right spot” was deliberate and time consuming. His father referred to the device as a “receptive terminal” and not a battery. Despite the insistence of Patent Officers in calling the device a “battery”, Stubblefield declared it to be an “energy receiver … a receptive cell for intercepting electrical ground waves”. Its conductive ability somehow absorbs and directs the enormous volumes of earth energy.
Whether the current derived from this cell is electricity, as we know it has been questioned. One indicator that it is not is found when considering his use of the energy in lighting lamps. With this energy Nathan Stubblefield operated a score of arc lamps at full brightness for twenty-four hours a day. There was a definite trigger by which this energy was stimulated and maintained.
The induction coil, which bears his name is equipped with three coils which are wrapped around upon a heavy iron core. Bare iron wire and cotton covered copper wire are wrapped side by side, comprising a primary coil body. Each layer of this primary coil body is covered by a band of cotton insulation, bringing four wire leads to the coil terminus. Two leads of iron and two of copper are external to the coil. Commercial electrical power is obtained through these connective terminals.
In addition to this bimetallic winding, there is a third winding: the “secondary”. This third coil is insulated from the primary bimetallic coil, serving as a trigger device. Presumably, a stimulating impulse shock was introduced into the tertiary coil, after which the upwelling electrical ground response brought forth powerful currents in both iron and copper coils.
Electrolytically (as a battery in acid or saltwater) the Stubblefield coil is disappointing; producing less than one volt according to those who have duplicated its construction. Stubblefield’s bimetallic coil was a “plug”: a receiver, which intercepts the vast and free electrical reservoir of the ground itself. His patent and subsequent company brochures define the manner in which his earth battery was to be activated.
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