What if there was no electricity? Nikola Tesla / Catweazle
I got to thinking what would we do for energy to power our appliances if there was no electricity for a few months or longer. Wow, we are soooo dependent upon electricity, imagine the chaos and distress that would cause, if we are un-prepared. Generally speaking, we go to the supermarket to buy our food, we are dependent upon electricity for our water (which comes from dams and is filtered, treated and pumped to using electricity), we depend upon electricity to process our sewage, and of course, electricity lights up the dark - the list goes on and on.
I discovered that Earth is surrounded by a magnetic field produced by liquid metals moving around in Earth’s core. As these metals move, they induce currents, which create magnetic fields. This field shields us from lethal cosmic radiation. Flip or flop? Some say that the magnetic poles may reverse, with dire consequences for humankind, such as increased radiation (with subsequent radiation caused illnesses and wipe out of crops) and the sun being blotted out for months, etc. Others say a flip is a normal occurrence and will cause minimal disruption. See the web page below if interested.
What I think is that solar flares (sudden releases of enormous amounts of energy on the solar surface) have been increasing at a great rate recently. A solar storm or geomagnetic storm of great bursts of solar activity can induce magnetic fields in electrical power lines on Earth, causing surges that can short out the grid. Severe magnetic storms could have a enormous impact upon today’s modern wired world. So there is a possibility that a province or region or larger area could be without electricity for a while, even for a very long while as the magnetic and electrical fields diminish over a long time. Fires could also be lit due to heating and sparking of the shorting out of some circuits. Radio communications would be disrupted worldwide.
Yes, the authorities may be monitoring solar flares, and at signs of increased activity could try to take preventive action, liking adjusting the power grids to make them less vulnerable to energy spikes. However, the arrival of a super flare or of a coronal mass ejection (CME) or ball of plasma travelling at more than a million miles an hour is not always detectable, and vastly inter-connected above-ground power towers are quite vulnerable to becoming overloaded and shorting out.
When the Earth's magnetic field captures ionized particles carried by the solar wind, geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) can flow through the power system, entering and exiting the many grounding points on a transmission network. GICs are produced when shocks resulting from sudden and severe magnetic storms subject portions of the Earth's surface to fluctuations in the planet's normally stable magnetic field. These fluctuations induce electric fields in the Earth that create potential differences in voltage between grounding points—which causes GICs to flow through transformers, power system lines, and grounding points. Only a few amps are needed to disrupt transformer operation.
It would take a long time to replace the many transformers (which change the voltage of electricity and keep the flow going in the power grids). Adding capacitors and resistors to the transformers’ ground connections could help reduce the amount of GIC flowing into the grids. However, a super solar flare ould cause a cascade of failures that would sweep across the United States, cutting power to 130 million people. Impacts would be felt on interdependent infrastructures with, for example, potable water distribution affected within several hours; perishable foods and medications lost in 12-24 hours; immediate or eventual loss of heating/air conditioning, sewage disposal, phone service, transportation, and fuel resupply. Outages could take months to fix. Banks might close and emergency services would be strained, and command and control might be lost.
All this research made my thoughts turn toward alternative energy sources and preparedness for a loss of electricity over a period of time (like making up a list of what to have on hand in case of emergency – tinned food, bottled water, torches, batteries, buckets for water, seeds, gardening implements etc).
Nikola Tesla is said to be one of my Spirit Guides and until this week, I wasn’t the slightest bit interested in him or aware of any of his achievements!! However, this week I felt compelled to go to the City of Perth library and look him up, whereupon I borrowed “My Inventions” by Nikola Tesla [ edited by Ben Johnston, published by Barnes & Noble / Hart Brothers in 1995 - ISBN is 0-7607-0085-0].
Tesla was unbelievably gifted, a humanitarian and a stoic person of great endurance. He wanted unlimited electricity to be made available anywhere and at any time, by merely pushing a rod (antenna) into the ground and turning on the electrical appliance. It was his vision that homes, farms, offices, factories, villages, libraries, museums, street lights, etc. could have all their lighting needs met by merely hanging ordinary light bulbs or fluorescent tubes anywhere desired- without the need for wiring -and produce brilliant white light 24 hours a day.
Nikola’s mechanism for this was the Magnifying Transmitter, but his dream of free energy for all was shattered (as usual) by greedy corporate capitalism, because if it is free then of course there is no profit !!! Tesla discovered that a metal plate raised at a height from the ground, with a wire connected to it and running down to one terminal of a capacitor, the other terminal of which he would connect directly to ground, would charge the capacitor, filling it with with electrical potential. He constructed a means of periodically discharging the capacitor through a device, thus harnessing the power of the cosmos (electromagnetic waves or radiant energy). See below for more information if interested.
Technical notes on Nikola’s Magnifying Transmitter are available for purchase from Amazon or free by registering with Scribd at the page below (large file – 431 pages & 83 megabytes). The relevant work is called Colorado Spring Notes by Nikola Tesla.
All this made me think “what is electricity really?” – I mean was I articulate in explaining the “ins and outs” about electricity I asked myself and I answered myself – “No.” I have not taken electricity for granted, rather I have always been a little uncomfortable with how dependent we are / I am on it – but I certainly have not bothered until now to really understand what electricity is, and what alternative energy sources there are.
Some good websites about Energy and Electricity follow.
( Follow the links to the renewable energy sources too )
What is electricity?
Electricity is a fundamental property of matter, and generators are used to pump electrical current into our appliances so that they light up or are powered to move.
The flow of electrons causes an electric charge. It is called a current and the rate of flow or amount of electrons flowing at a given time is measured in amperes or amps. Resistance or opposition to the flow of charges and friction causes the electrical energy to be converted to thermal energy or light, e.g. bumping into metal atoms as the current flows through a metal filament in a closed circuit. The ohm is the unit for measuring resistance.
Electrical energy enters the home through a fuse box or breaker box which distributes the electriticy through parallel (multiple pathway) circuits. A switch either opens or closes a circuit. Electrical power is the product of the current and the voltage. The electromotive force (EMF) is the force that drives an electric current through a circuit and is measured in volts. It is a measurement of potential energy. It is analogous to the water pressure in a hose.
Power = Current x Voltage
P (watts) = I (amperes) x V (volts)
“ Voltage measures a "desire" for charged particles to move, while current (number of amps) measures the actual number of charged particles that are moving (per second past any point). As an analogy, imagine you are driving to the superbowl in your car. There are tens of thousands of other people out on the road too, heading in the same direction for the same reason. The "Voltage" here is the desire of all these people to get to the stadium. The "current" is the speed with which they are getting there, which could be pretty small if traffic was really bad. ”
Source - http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/phy99/phy99297.htm
When an electric current passes through a wire, a magnetic field is produced. An electric current passed through a metal coil which is wrapped around a metal core produces a strong magnetic field, and is called an electromagnet.
Electromagnetic induction (discovered by Michael Faraday) is the moving of a loop of wire through a magnetic field, which produces or induces electricity. A generator is used to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy through electromagnetic induction. A gas turbine (combustion turbine), steam turbine, wind turbine, geo-thermal turbine, or the power of a hydroelectric dam is needed to spin the shaft in a generator, producing an electric current by means of the coiled wire making up part of the generator being moved through the generator’s magnetic field.
Most power plants use steam turbines, burning coal, natural gas or oil to heat water to create the steam. Gas turbines use pressurised gas by burrning propane, natural gas, kerosene, diesel or jet fuel. The heat that comes from burning the fuel expands air, and the high-speed rush of this hot air spins the turbine. The electricity produced by the generator then flows through huge transmission wires that link power plants to our homes, schools and businesses.
Direct current supplies a constant flow of electricity in one direction. Alternating current comes from a generator. The generator has a series of insulated coils of wire that form a cylinder which surrounds a rotary electromagnetic shaft. When the electromagnetic shaft rotates, the coils of wire spin within a fixed magnetic field, which induces a small electric current in each section of the wire coil. Each section of the wire becomes a small, separate electric conductor. The small currents of individual sections are added together to form one large current. This current is the electric power that is transmitted from the power company to the consumer.
As the electromagnet is rotated within the multi-coiled cylinder, the direction of the flow of current in the resulting rotating magnetic field alternates once for every revolution. Nikola Tesla discovered the use of the rotating magnetic field, which is used in most AC motors. A rotating magnetic field is a magnetic field which changes direction at (ideally) a constant angular rate. The rotating magnetic field produced within the coils or windings induces an AC voltage in the coil windings. Tesla demonstrated the rotating magnetic field with his "Egg of Columbus" - see the You Tube video below.
The big advantage that alternating current provides for the power grid is the fact that it is relatively easy to change the voltage of the power, using a device called a transformer. Power companies convert alternating current to very high voltages for transmission (such as 1 million volts), then drop it back down to lower voltages for distribution (such as 1,000 volts), and finally down to something like 240 volts inside the house for safety reasons.
See “How Power Grids work” at the web page below.
Renewable energy sources include solar energy, which comes from the sun, and can be turned into electricity and used directly as heat. Wind energy, geothermal energy from inside the earth, biomass from plants, and hydropower and ocean energy from water are also renewable energy sources. See the following pages for more information about solar energy.
However, we get most of our energy from nonrenewable energy sources, which include the fossil fuels -- oil, natural gas, and coal. Both the gasoline used in our cars and the diesel fuel used in our trucks are made from oil. The propane that fuels our outdoor grills is made from oil and natural gas. Most of the electricity in the U.S.A. is produced by fossil fueled steam turbine generators. Oil or gas heats the water that produces steam.
Electricity is a secondary energy source, which means that we get it from the conversion of other sources of energy.
Before electricity generation began over 100 years ago, houses were lit with kerosene lamps, food was cooled in iceboxes, and rooms were warmed by wood-burning or coal-burning stoves. Food was grown, hunted or gathered.
In the late-1800s, Nikola Tesla pioneered the generation, transmission, and use of alternating current (AC) electricity, which can be transmitted over much greater distances than direct current. Electricity is a controllable and convenient form of energy used in the applications of heat, light and power. The use of electricity is now an inextricable part of human living. You couldn’t even go to the supermarket to make a purchase, without electricity, because the cash registers or tills use barcode scanners which are powered by electricity, so they couldn’t take your money.
The answer to “what if there was no electricity?” really is to prepare for such an eventuality, ideally with a self-sustained lifestyle. This means growing your own food, having a wood heater and alternative lighting (like kerosene or oil lamps and kerosene or oil supplies, or dynamo / wind-up torches) etc. which is what humanity may have to turn toward out of necessity, if the solar or other forces dictate it.
Also, if you are allowed to install one, you could try building your own wind or water turbine and a generator, or a solar powered generator, to try to generate a small amount of electricity for use by your household. Just google or read about these topics to set yourself up, if you can. A power inverter is used to direct the electrical current from the generator’s battery into the power grid of your house. If you can afford it, you could buy a home use generator. On the page below is some information about installing a backup home generator.
See below to learn about wind turbines.
Build your own wind powered generator, e.g. see below
or …… if you have the space & money and live in Australia (the windy country) …. buy one for $500 or $5,000 AUD at the site below
Best still, assuming it is not too late to save humanity from itself, study how to develop and use renewable energy sources, and study Tesla’s ideas and join the Tesla Memorial Society or a local group and help bring about free energy !! The article “Tesla’s Self-acting Engine” at the third link below quotes inventors of the 1900s whom have patented devices that use Tesla’s principles, which you could research and support.
Think about no more need for wired transmission of electricity and about free energy for EVERYONE (that is, at the initial cost of setting up the long-range transmitters, but no running costs from there-on).
Support Nikola Tesla’s vision of FREE ENERGY FOR EVERYONE
What will Life be like in 900 years time?
A Final few words
Did you know that Nikola Tesla’s autobiography is 111 pages !!
A brilliant book, very entertaining and honest, with clear examples and enjoyable to read. Comprises six articles which he wrote at age 63 for monthly appearances in the magazine “Electrical Experimenter”. I love the photo on the front which shows Nikola Tesla sitting in front of the large coil of his high-frequency transformer at his laboratory in East Houston Street, New York
More information about the book is available at the Amazon page below.
It’s only Elec-trickery : teach me how to put the sun in a bottle
The first episode where Catweazle uses his magic to escape from
the Norman invaders and ends up 900 years in the future!
Written May 2009