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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

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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

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What you need is:

Aluminum Foil

Glue (not shown)


An Electrolytic capacitor

alligator clips

A multimeter

Step 3: Clarification

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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

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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.
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SwedishBull1 month ago
Two things: How do I test the amount of energy that is created? And two, how can I connect the alligator plugs to something else???
ktodd811 months ago

How do we get the energy out of the circuit and into something like a battery though?

you just attach it to the neg./ pos. sides of the capacitor

DanyalA ktodd87 months ago

Alligator Clips

coopsmoss9 months ago

What do you ground it to? The Literal ground or an electrical ground plug?

CodyH1 coopsmoss3 months ago

Any ground will do, so long as it is the opposite charge of the hot lead(collector), as in, any ground will do. So a grounded prong on an outlet(which is not that safe), or a grounded pipe as it will go to actual ground, or you could just ground it yourself with a wire buried in the ground, but, you have to make sure you have approximately the same amount of surface area of ground as you do of the collector(if your ground uses the same material as the collector for the conductor or at least material that is comparable in conductance), otherwise you will be limiting the flow of energy, and as such, limiting your collection abilities.

I made this circuit and i connected it to a brige diode IN1004 and electrolytic capacitor, after 8-10 seconds, the led performs a quick flash then turns off. I wonder, how can i increase the current (milliampere) in this circuit by placing diodes in series?or in parallel? Thanks


Actually, for every part you add to a circuit, it increases the circuits resistance, which in turn, lowers the amount of available power for output. In other words, by adding more diodes, you would actually lose more power, not amplify it. Now, if you wanted to increase current, this could easily be done by decreasing voltage, but, you would still have the overall same amount of power, as in watts, minus the loss of the new transformer that increased the amperage(current) and decreased the EMF(voltage, electromotive force). Now, if you actually wanted more power from this device, then ideally you would need either A:) a better collection system such as the spark gap generator which was Tesla's first radiant energy generator or B:) a larger collection system so that you collect more radiant energy, or of course both of these combined would drastically increase your power collection abilities.

rickharris2 years 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...

Firewood if you have proven gravity is magnetic you need to turn in your papers and pick up your Nobel Prize. Gravity is not magnetic. All mass has gravity even neutrons with no charge or a neutral charge. DC is not " Earth Energy". DC is direct current created by dynamos. Earth is one, induced magnetics . Perhaps read basic electrical?

Not true. Radio energy is actually a vibration at a certain frequency. Whether its RF or EM, it can be picked up by this (crappy antenna) but will not produce any measurable current without first being picked up by a coil or solenoid. The circuit described here is purely capacitive/resistive and has no inductance. So where is the power coming from...
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.
robert0joe4 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.

so because some TV celebrity personalities (from the same network corporation that brought you "real video footage" of a megalodon and Old Hitler) couldn't reproduce an experiment done by the inventor of the 20th century, then he must be discredited. You set your bar really low for credible sources, just saying.

mj.darling.147 months ago

jduffy, you really believe that? You don't think the sun's electric field has anything to do with lightning?

Notprint1 year ago

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

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lucian81v11 months ago

To support that this idea might work, I have a simple proposition for anybody who has some capacitors lying around (in the range of uF or more, electrolytic):

-take a capacitor which is not in a circuit
and without touchingthe terminals ,
measure the voltage,

- repeat tis with others, you will see that
most of them are not empty.

Everybody knows that all electrolytic capacitors have a small discharge current and it is relatively easy to calculate the time to self-discharge if you have the data sheet, even though they supposed to be completely
empty, they are not.

If you want to take it a bit further,discharge few of them until you are convinced there is nothing left, let them somewhere and do not touch them for few days, than measure the voltage. I got for most of them a small charge :0.1-0.3V

A while ago I accidentaly notice that a capacitor was charged when was not touched for months and I got the crazy thought that it somehow self-charged...

They have to be electrolytic, they behave like they have a rectifier diode series
with a resistor across the terminals.

I am not debating from where the energy is coming, I am only saying it is “coming” (in my case for sure from RF or EM fields
inside the house)

Maybe this is only my experince.

Mr. Rick... Of course it's not free, one must pay for the materials needed. Spend time and/or create a different routine & you will learn if you are willing, things kids imagined in the 20's are more than a reality today and the same for kids in 80's 90's etc. Mainstream media/government are involved with " Big Business. " They will do everything possible to train your mind to believe you must pay and with that concept, their job is done, you are in their trap. Every year big companies pay billions for FM radio airspace at auctions. That's right billions. My Uncle and Co-founder of Cabletron invented the ethernet, in the early 80's & had the largest IPO on Wall St. History. I understand your way of thinking, not necessarily putting your foot in your mouth but, systematically routine by nature. On a different note take a look at what powers Google & Ebay's Servers & it's not Tesla's invention, its called a Bloom Box. I'm sure a smart individual & I encourage you to explore, picturing the possibilities.

darkath1 year ago

cool imagine if you lined your car with these!

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...

peteriwtv1 year 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.

PhysicsWorm2 years ago
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.
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!!!!!!!
nbenson11 year 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.
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