Picture of Free Energy
In this instructable I will teach you how to suck energy from this planet called earth, even I don't know exactly how it works, but it works, can't argue with results!

Sorry, no video will be added, where I live it's been snowing and it's producing terrible results. Right before it started snowing it produced a thrid of a volt in a couple of hours, now that it's snowing and that it's officially winter it's only charging up to 0.03 volts, which is terrible. If you know how to solve this problem then please comment!

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Step 1: The Theory

This was invented by the ultimate genius of all time, Nikola Tesla. I'll basically try and crack it down to how I understand it, and how a normal person would understand it (mind you this is how I interpret many difference sources, what I'm saying may not be right)

The earth and it's atmosphere is basically a giant capacitor, when lightning strikes it discharges it. Tesla's device sucked power from that infinitely charging capacitor to charge a man made capacitor. By putting an electrode in the air and an electrode in the ground, you tap into these energy source to charge your own capacitor.

Step 2: The Materials

Picture of The Materials
What you need is:

Aluminum Foil

Glue (not shown)


An Electrolytic capacitor

alligator clips

A multimeter

Step 3: Clarification

This instructable is a proof of concept. If you would like to line the roof of your house with this stuff then you should be smart enough to do it if you're going to attempt it. This has some advantages and disadvantages over solar cells:

Easier to Make
Doesn't require sun
It won't really break

Doesn't produce as much electricity for the same size "cells"

Step 4: Tape

Tape the foil strip to the big piece of aluminum foil so that it acts as a lead, make sure the aluminum foils are touching.
darkath3 days ago

cool imagine if you lined your car with these!

Notprint4 days ago

Can I connect this thing to some batteries so that I can store the energy that it produces for later use.

rickharris1 year ago
There is NO such thing as FREE energy.

Your assembling a simple antenna and picking up radio energy. If you do this on a big scale - And you can - You create a radio black spot and quickly upset the owners of the transmitting station.

In most parts of the world there are big fines for doing that.

IF Free energy were available in such a simple way don't you think we would all by not be powering our houses with it rather than paying excessively for generated power??

Everything on this and all other planets has an electromagnetic signature, the very FACT that you are alive to read this, SCREAMS that Free Energy exists EVERYWHERE...

Gravity the force that holds you to the ground, is electromagnetic in nature...

DC / Direct Current is organic Earth Energy...

AC / Alternating Current was invented by Nikola Tesla using his Poly Phase Generator...

I strongly suggest RICK, that before you open your mouth and insert your entire Foot, that you ( DO THE RESEARCH ) and know exactly what your talking about...

Err, methinks you just answered your own question there:

"rather than paying excessively for generated power"

To quote JP Morgan (can't find exact quote but this is close enough) "if I can’t put a meter on it, I don’t want to hear about it” .

Then answer to any of your questions will always be "follow the money" for as long as Capitalism is in 'control'.
First, DragonDon, don't blame capitalism on the reason it's not available...blame the GREED of those involved... I'm a capitalist but I'm also working to recreate the GRAND design of Tesla, and if I can prove it works, will provide the instructions FREE to the entire world...step by step.

Second, rickharris. While you are, on a small scale, collecting RF energy, the original design CONCEPT for this was on a much LARGER scale and the energy created was originally generated from the static electricity in the Ionosphere (Research Wardenclyffe Tower...along with his Resonant Rise where everything was powered by plugging it into the EARTH).
Err, providing instructions for FREE seems quite at odds with "Capitalism is an economic system in which trade, industry and the means of production are controlled by private owners with the goal of making profits in a market economy"

True, can't blame the tool for people's behaviour. Can blame those responsible for not giving people the proper education to make their own choices.
Mr-Firewood15 days ago

If you want FULL and detailed Instructions on the subject of Ground Energy, along with Plans, equations, and full documentation...

You should research " Nathan Stubblefield " The Father of Ground energy...

peteriwtv24 days ago

Have you tried making it bigger grounding it to a well (wattered soil) and connecting it to a generator at the same time installing a switch to open the connection with the ground and with the coil and closing it rapidly so that you force the charge to go through the generator? Just an idea maybe stupid. There is no free electricity but the energy dissipates into the environment and gets "recycled" it doesnt matter if the energy gets back from the clouds and dissipates through the earth or if it is powering a man made generator it is conserved either way. Just an idea as i said maybe stupid but you never know.

I love nikola tesla he always seems to be forgotten
then raise a petition to have him taught to children in every school and to rewrite the textbooks to remove Edison and Marconi and replace them with Tesla as the rightful creator of our current world that he created
I'm all for THAT idea for sure! Coming from living near Niagara Falls and NEVER learning about him is a real shame.
Jaxton Maez6 months ago
I agree with you about tesla. He's the best!!! I read about this. He had tons of these dome like things around his house collecting energy. He never explained how they worked in his pictures, so no one can make exactly what he had, but this is really close and cool. The actual design, along with tons of others, died with tesla. But this is really cool project and I'm going to try it!!!!!!!
nbenson19 months ago
You realise this is horrible. Just get 2 bits of metal (prefer one zinc and one copper) stick them in the ground with a cap between them. The further apart the Better. You get over 3 volts easy. Or even one end in a tree(like IN) and one in the ground. Much more effective
That's from electrochemical potential.
shelby2158 months ago
I am really enjoying this =)
robert0joe3 years ago
Can this power AC or DC?
Lightning is DC, and so are the capacitors, but once you've stored it you can hook up an inverter to output AC or you can just use it out of the batteries as DC.
With the power you're getting, good luck powering any inverter for more than a tiny fraction of a second.

Also, his "wireless energy tower" (or at least one of his energy designs) was actually to wirelessly TRANSMIT power, not harvest it.
it was to both transmit and receive. look up the magnifying transmitter and his tesla coil and induction coil all of these were to combine into a global network of both power and radio.
I meant the Colorado tesla coil was not made to pick up the tiny amount of power present in background radiation, it was meant to be powered as you said. Not produce MAYBE a milliwatt of continuous power. That would just be stupid.

Also, don't put faith in all his devices. He claimed to also have an electric death ray designed, plus the whole "earthquake in a tiny weight" that mythbusters tested.
Could this charge a battery instead of a capacitor? If so, how?
Could charge a battery, but would almost certainly kill it. Caps. can charge really quick, batteries can't.
you would need a capacitor and a regulator of some kind so you can't put in more than the battery can handle. probably some other things too but that's what i know you would need
With some clever circuitry charging the caps, and then discharging them into a battery charging circuit, you probably could use it that way.
Archeval1 year ago
to rickharris,
The energy isn't free it is already there you are just harnessing what is already available. and the reason there isn't any sort of free energy available is because it's "bad for business". there is energy everywhere around us and there is an almost infinite potential from cosmic energy. since you have an admirable career with the RAF and have an extensive background with design and tech i would heavily recommend that you actually test it and see for yourself the power of Tesla's work and what it could do for everyone. and in the picture of the Wardenclyffe Tower there was both a radio transmitter and receiver with the capability of tapping into the ionosphere for energy that is stored there from the sun and resonates it with the earth basically making the earth a giant capacitor. and all you had to do to tap into it was to simply put a rod in the ground and connect it to your power. if you do take the time to experiment with it i am sure you will find great results and could open up many possibilities for both you and your family in the future.
49967611 year ago
Well hello everone. Free Cosmic energy is the energy from the universe. This is what Tesla has discovered and it is working, but we probably do not have the instructions to build the device. The project was taken from the dark side. Hope some day we can live FREE as higher developed people live on other planets in the uneverse :)
jduffy541 year ago
Actually, I believe this is NOT using the atmosphere, but instead intercepting a small ammount of radio/microwaves. Basically, the miniscule power is coming from your cell phone. If you notice, making a box of foil andgrounding it will block cell phone reception inside. Same idea, just a sheet instead of a box. Also, lightning is not a discharge from the "atmosphere capacitor", but is instead from friction in clouds. Hence why you don't get lightning out of nowhere, or get shocked by standing in the atmosphere.

Very interresting though, it is sort of free energy, as it is otherwise just dispersed as a miniscule ammount of heat. I will try this for some sort of super-low power device.
mail5 years ago
good for you. this is one of the few Tesla projects that isn't about a turbine. I'm using this to make a theoretical generator that could have been built in the renaissance.
tesla man mail1 year ago
Well other than turbines, there is the tesla coil and that earthquake machine. Just saying.
what generator in the renaissance? im very interested in ancient electrical examples. i've found that with a simple acid battery bank high frequency pulsed DC was possible as far back as 1000BC
check out the bagdad battery.
tesla man1 year ago
I know hot to increase voltage!!!!! Get a really, really, really powerful transformer!
Johnstarr2 years ago
Anyone thought of using a strong, light line with a filament attached to a balloon high into the atmosphere? With a diode. I've come up with a design for a free energy machine. Wish I could build it:-(. It has a low input for running with a high output. You would need to bring around some of the force(energy) back to it self to stay running. I would be very selfish and start a electric company. Build systems for factories only. Use the profits to build a mining company. Machine use for the mining also. There is company near me with a 3mil+ electric bill every month.
HybridTech5 years ago
The concept is right, but the why is a little off. At 2000 feet elevation, in the ionosphere, there is a TON of static electricity. Anyone who lives in the mountains in winter time gets a daily dose of light switch shocks! What Tesla showed is a way to gather the static charge, charge the capacitor, and use it. HAM radio stations use this technique in the mountains on a much larger scale. Check out this link Free Electricity
Thank you for adding that part about the ionosphere. This is a fact that scientific research is almost totally neglecting. It is also now part of the US military's earth property. This is because they are now using over the horizon radar that reflects off the ionosphere once agitated by a microwave beam (i think its microwave they use). Tesla used a detector not unlike a simple crystal radio setup, that allowed him to sense the elctrostatic fluctuations in the atmosphere with respect to ground. He worked heavily with dipole interactions and found what NASA in modern day has proven with satalites and other forms of probes. There is a huge positive potential that bombards our upper atmosphere daily, hourly, weekly, monthly, etc. and will continue to charge our earth for eternity. He suggested using ion channels to make a transmission line from the earth to the ionosphere through some aparatus that could transmit and recieve power with resonant systems. MIT is only in 06 realizing a primitive step in Tesla's envisioned system. another way to think about it is in the description of coaxial cable.... except imagine the coaxial cable is a sphere with a closed outer surface and inner surface with a dielectric in between.
I feel i must right this situation by pointing out that the Ionosphere is much further up than a mere 2000 feet. even 30000 feet is still within the Troposphere (lowest layer). beyond that, you have the stratosphere, and the ionosphere is somewhere above that. those shocks described above are the result of static charge built up from friction. the reason it happens to people up higher and during the winter is because the air is colder, and therefore drier. and this whole thing, while not a hoax (it is real), is highly inefficient, and therefore not practical. You wont be able to just take yourself off of the grid. this may, at best, be used to power a small appliance.
the simple fact is the earth is being charged and discharged through a form of charged ion flow from the sun to the earth.

Tesla was able to pick up on this energy flow, he like many scientists at the time knew that if the sun was sending out only one charge, the energy would hit a cutoffpoint because as the sun threw off negative it would charge positive.

He knew that both positive and negative would have to be thrown off for any energy to be efficiently transmitted. The magnetosphere offers the solution. As a charged particle accellerates in a magentic field it starts to curl around the magnetic field. Positive curling and traveling one way along the field line, and negative curling and traveling the opposite. These charges are trapped at a certain point.

There is evidence that tesla was thinking about 2 different things (may turn out to be the same)...

1. He was thinking about using the ground as one plain of conductivity and the ionosphere as another plain, and setting up a standing wave between the two closed electrical surfaces. This is a method of global power transmission.

2. Tesla noticed that something was already setting up these standing waves and that a consistant dipole existed between the earth and the sky. Nasa experiments have shown this, research in australia and antarctica has taken measurements of the currents flowing from the sky to the earth and from north to south (old clocks were some times powered by sticking copper and zinc rods in the earth in a north south direction.

to answer [me835], There is a dipole setup between the surface of the earth and the sky, there are effects that enhance the capacitance of the dielectric between the conductive layers of the earth. When the air is dry, motion/friction/heat helps to build up a dipole between two objects.

In a sense of power, a small aparatus may only harness a small amount of power, however harnesses it as a high voltage. A transformer could step this down into a lower voltage with more current.

It is true that the closer you can get the air portion of the antenna to the ionosphere the more electric field you will feel from it, understand what you are doing is bringing the antenna which is influenced by ground potential to better feel the sky potential. Then the dipole felt from the earth is setup in the conductor/capacitor  / ->->-> |-----II----[gnd]

| ->->->   (ionosphere with electric field shown)

|---  (conductive  large metal surface with connection wire)

-II-  (capacitor)

[gnd] (ground)

Then you make a paralell circuit that makes a connection through a load or a transformer when the voltage hits a certain point.

everything should be well insulated as the voltages getting picked up easily leak into the air. Also, the metal surface used as the air antenna should be covered in a thin insulation. Tesla used the idea of conductive gasses in single wire bulbs. The glass was the thin insulator, and the surface area of the conductor because its gas is huge!  (a bulb with poor vaccume would work as well... but some kind of rarified gass is needed).

As to the question of how to reach the ionosphere for better conductivity with it, an ionchannel much like a step leader would probably work. This can be created by a teslacoil (if you dont cause the acctual discarge to happen). Many of these are not operated at the high frequencies tesla was attempting.

The high frequency coupled with a large conductive surface links the ground with the sky through a dipole-dipole interaction in the gasses (the dielectric medium)

it is a well known rule of thumb in electrical that the resistance of an insulator decreases with the increase of the frequency. 
impedance = 1/ (2pi(Frequency)(Capacitance).

No current needs to really flow at very high voltages is the other phenomina.
10amps at 1 volt is the same (generally) power as 1amp at 10 volts.
Voltage x Amperage = watts.

so what about 1x106 volts with 1x10-5 amps?

Lighting systems benefit from this idea. High voltage high frequency is shown to be much more efficient than low voltage low frequency bulbs. Infact, bulbs excited by capacitive effects of the gas dont require fillaments and can last almost indefinately. (even old burned out florescent tubes do this...all you need is a partial vaccume).

i should probably stop there... pls comment as you see fit, this is a subject that needs to permiate.
sir,how can i get a practical circuit for harnessing this energy?im very interested to design an antenna
this link even solves the question of why it doesn't work in winter, when snow falls: The content says, that it works better, when weather's becoming worse, which, in common, means rain - and rain means a raise of humidity. Snow in contrast sucks humidity from environ air which, evidentially, means lesser conduction...

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