Tesla, The Enabler Of Suburbia Dusko
Tesla was a Serbian inventor and a key man responsible
for todays suburban way of life. He created our system
of AC Power generation and much of todays power grid relys
on his inventions' ability to transfer power over great
distances. This invention is no less then the Brushless
Polyphase Alternating Current Engine. Early industrial
cities were limited in size because direct current power
needed to be generated 2 miles or less from a factory
or home. But Teslas' invention allowed energy to flow
anywhere and everywhere. The suburbia of today would probably
have little or no electricity without Tesla. Why would
you drive a car to a place that doesn't have electricity?
You probably wouldn't and instead you would stay in walkable
urban centers or dense cities with DC power plants. Tesla
allowed light rail to go from the city to suburbia. Before
him, electric streetcars were inefficient and dangerous.
The Brooklyn Dodgers were named after people dodging electrical
discharges caused by DC powered trollies. Early street
cars were also limited in the distance they could travel.
the first hydro electric generating station in the world
and it still runs today at Niagara Falls.
His system struggled against Thomas Edisons' DC Generating
system. The AC/DC wars between Edison And Tesla ended
with Tesla winning and Edison being forced to merge his
company with General Electric to keep himself from bankruptcy.
Tesla licensed his AC electrical system for a heavy price
that many were unable to pay. So he tore up his patents
for the alternating current motor as a gift of cheap energy
to the world. If he hadn't
energy generation and transmition would be 5 to 10 times
more expensive. He could have been the world's first
billionaire instead he gave the world a great gift wrapped
in potential disaster.
transmission system is only affordable by the wealthy
therefore todays' energy gluttonous society
would not have been possible. If Edison had won the AC/DC
war the world would be a much different place.
And if Tesla was greedy and had kept recieving royalties
for his invention the world would be in a better
place with regards to the looming energy crisis. Tesla
continued to work on power systems and he even proposed
a wireless energy distribution system powered by energy
created in the atmosphere. In Colorado Springs he lit
lightbulbs remotely and wanted to create a system of free
energy for the world. But the AC generation
infrastructure had been recently built and Teslas' backers
saw what he was up to and pulled the plug on his
research and development. Investors had put considerable
funds in building the AC transmition system and didn't
want their investment to fall through. Economics often
wins out over great ideas.
Tesla did succeed
however in transmitting energy wirelessly through the
ground hundreds of miles away. He would
place light bulbs into the ground and transmit energy
to them from the Earth. He used the energy of lightning
hitting the earth to provide the power. Lightning is constantly
hitting the Earth and he harnessed that power.
It's unfortunated that todays' power doesn't come from
such a free and abundent source.
on to discover Radio but Marconi is often falsely credited
for an invention first tested and designed
by Nicola Tesla. Tesla held over 700 patents. He invented
remote control, radio and even created the tesla coil
which is also used today as a spark plug. Without this
invention car ignition would be much more difficult and
might not be as prevelent in our man made landscapes.
July 9th, 2006 was Tesla's 150th birthday and Niagara
Falls has unveiled his statue overlooking the falls. He
recieves proper recognition for his accomplishments only
as the world begins to unravel and peak.