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.
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ktodd81 month ago

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

lucian81v1 month 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.

WonderWorld2 months ago

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.

darkath3 months ago

cool imagine if you lined your car with these!

Notprint3 months 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-Firewood3 months 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...

peteriwtv3 months 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 Maez10 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!!!!!!!
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.
shelby21511 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.
mail6 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 mail2 years 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 man2 years 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.
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