Introduction: My Tesla's Radiant Energy Collector (open Project)

Picture of My Tesla's Radiant Energy Collector (open Project)
I did this experiment in February 2009. This device was invented to detect / collect "radiant energy" and convert it into electricity it was patented by Tesla in 1905 original patent:

My device not collect "radiant energy", it collect static electricity I just wanted to keep the name given to it by Tesla.

I explain how I built it, the results that I obtained. I hope that someone can improve it and get better results

This is a presentation video with a brief explanation of the operation at the end, follows the full explanation and test results on this Instructable

The collector in aluminium collects the electrons of the air ionized, it work even with the passage of the clouds (if the air is dry), reached a sufficient charge it spark on candle and circulates the current in primary high-voltage of a injection coil, the secondary is connected via a diode and a small condenser, the small instruments notes the achieved energy.

Step 1: Equipment Required:

aluminum foil (cooking type is OK)
an ignition coil
a spark plug
a plug wire copper
a diode (general propose)
a capacitor 100nF-10uF not critical
an analog voltmeter
a support with a VERY high electrical insulation to support the aluminum foil (glass, ceramics ,plastic nylon wire)

Step 2: How to Build It:

Picture of How to Build It:

Suspend the aluminum foil (at least 50 cm) the highest possible.
The first time I tried to suspend it on a pile of wood using the tape but it did not work until I replaced the pile of wood with a plastic rod. An easy way to see if it is a good insulator is to try if it holds the electrostatic charge

connect with a copper wire the aluminum foil to the metal base of the spark plug

connects the central electrode of the candle to the primary high voltage ignition coil

connects the negative of the ignition coil to the ground of a plug

connecting the plug to the electrical ground of your home, otherwise to a metal pole planted to the ground

one pole of the secondary low-voltage ignition coil must be connected to the negative pole of the voltmeter

the other pole of the secondary low-voltage ignition coil is connected through a diode to the positive pole of the voltmeter

Connect the capacitor at the poles of the voltmeter

See the schematic

Step 3: As Is Done (Video)

This video explains how the device is assembled
activated the annotations of the video for the description in English

unlike the original Tesla project I have not a capacitor mounted on the collector of aluminum, it should be very high voltage and low loss as a leida jar.
The alluminium foil has a capacity relation to the ground of 180pF

Step 4: Theory and Test

My theory
When the weather i changing the polarization of the clouds change the polarization of the earth below. and the ionization of air discharge through my device to the ground and viceversa when the clouds go away.
It should work olso with ionizing radiation and strong electromagnetic fields

When aluminium foil was parallel to the wall the package was attracted to the wall in a few seconds. It charge up fast because there are no capacitor on primary circuit, less charge more frequency. If I approach the electrodes frequency increases but the output voltage decreases. The video was recorded before a temporal I had gone to close the windows and I filmed. The device is in attic of my house to 10m from the ground. When its raining the device spark ever several minutes.

When it function alluminium foil voltage increase (I think for the ionization of air) accumulates charge and spark in One side high-voltage coil , the other side is connected to ground. creating on the secondary an electric pulse.

My device works occasionally when the weather changes, to obtain repeatable measurements I power it by an ioniser 4W isolated from ground.

The test results are in the video , is subtitled in English ( activate the function on youtube video player)

Step 5: Final Considerations

The device has not worked for days, until the first storm
It 'been replicated successfully by at least another Italian on the internet and there are many similar devices you can find a similar device (only in italian)
The power is low and variable but can be a beginning
I have temporarily suspended the research
I hope someone finds a way to improve the performance of this device
tips are welcome


kfor2613 (author)2017-12-01

i did not win but alot of people thought it was cool.

kfor2613 (author)2017-11-08

So I am doing a conservation convention for school and I will try this out and make it better to 1.pass my project 2.make the world better and energy efficient.

Owerseered (author)2016-11-22

Didn't someone said that energy can't dissapear or appear? How do you explain this...

ScottB358 (author)Owerseered2017-03-26

Energy can never be created or destroyed, but it does change form ;)

The energy isn't coming from "no where" there is potential difference everywhere around us!!! Electromagnetism "holds" an atom together; until the atom becomes too positively/negatively charged; at which point it starts sharing electrons and protons with nearby atoms. This "taps" into that "universal circuit" and "changes" the form of electromotive force into a "more useable form"

LoneK1 (author)ScottB3582017-04-13

I just did electro chemistry and I was wondering if it would be possible to us electrolytic cell as a sink.

Brandonoutdoors (author)2016-11-03

I am wondering if a coil of wire could replace the metal plate in the circuit

tomas75a (author)2016-01-04

Well check out the vidos of, they made a setup 30 meters up in the air with graphene coated strips on wire as far as I can tell. And get sparks all the time in realtime without any delay. Might be something to try! :)

spynat93 (author)2015-07-09

can you use all ceramic capacitors or do you have to use some of the better ones also?

ROMA4cm. (author)2015-03-01

Hi alessiof76! I am VERY impressed with your achievement. I could not get 1 spark in a minute when lifted a HUGE plate 9m above the earth but if what I hear is spark gap, then it looks like magic to me. As far I hear - nobody get so big efficiency than you. Can you please explain what is altitude of Al plate, is it free or isolated, what is distance in your sparkgap? It realy sounds to unbelievable to be true to me because I made same think and it did not work. Also I made huge 12m diameter plate on high of 9m and it also did not work.. Can you suggest something?

earfone (author)2012-06-12

Some added info to help increase output , the airs impedance is 50 ohms,lightening strikes at about one megahertz, so the the hole collector system needs to be fine tuned to to get the highest Q possible to get the max power out.
the spark system and step down transformer needs to set up for one megahertz
Happy calculating.

yes I kind of been thinking about this for a while OLO.

and hope to prove it some day.

alessiof76 (author)earfone2012-06-13

many thanks!

WV_Kokamo_Joe (author)2012-04-15

He's quoting direct writings of Tesla. I have seen this very wording in his papers. One would assume "Candle" means "spark plug". The metal base of the spark plug is the ground and the central electrode is the positive connection. "Candle" = "Spark Plug"

radic (author)2011-06-19

Hello guys, I am very fascinted of teslas research.
About radiant energy let clarify like this : According tesla all are the same radiant energy - cosmic rays day/night 24/7 - Aether(power source of his car)-static electricity - all it is considered one and the same but wothin different names.
I was watching some videos on youtube about this as well and was thinking why there is low voltage output from this unit . I figured it out finally , it is in material. Instead of metal plate try use some limestone or asfalt material. Please see this short article . MEtal material does not absorb much of that radiant energy. But limestone,asfalt absorb far too much of this energy. And as well I would suggest that that antena would not be plate as rectangle , but best solution to catch lot of tat energy would be BALLL type antena - diameter 20 -50 cm or Pyramid type antena with base lenght 200 - 50 cm . In these two cases radiant nergy/static electricity would be harnessed in more eficient and much more faster way . Please also refer in google in electrical performance of limestone/asfalt etc. I am trying to figure out more of bulding this antena. For capacitor I would suggest 50 - 100 V , very hign capacity - mikro, nano 10 000 farrads at least or if possible more according tesla considerable electrostatic capacity. Tesla also stated:dielectric of condensator should be made the best quality of mica means will add a bit more on price for it has to withstand potentials that could rupture a weaker dielectrictric . SOrry if there i something wrong , but i am trying to solve this patent as well as you guys and it is my opinoion. Please write me anytime wou would clarify . I will be pleased tp answer. GOt lot of books about tesla, god good booksof radiant energy where everything is explained about ho that energy is absorbed,reflected and emited , also explains materials for radiant energy.
Thank you so far .
hope soon we will be powering our houses .

Ole bally (author)radic2011-12-14

So hjave you figured it out yet?? I am waiting to build one but need more answers before I start!
Tesla's site shows him powering a bunch of light globes! How did he do it?

skumar48 (author)radic2011-08-19

hi sir?can i know about u?im mad about alternative energy since 10 months.recently i came to know about tesla's secrets.would u plz help me?

dmcbride1 (author)2011-07-31

If you're REALLY into Tesla and his theories, go to ! The guys there are carrying on Nikola Teslas' work!

hackoa (author)2011-04-29

"The static charges remain on an object until they either bleed off to ground or are quickly neutralized by a discharge. " - Wikipedia
Try with separate gruond, not in the wall.

crtn2 (author)2011-03-25

how can this thing make enough voltage for spark?
you can get only few volts.

usb key (author)2010-03-18

 what do you mean by candle?

crtn2 (author)usb key2011-03-24

i think is's a spark plug

bcantley2010 (author)2010-12-17

scalar waves not electrostatic

necromancerbob (author)2009-09-08

This is just like the motor in atlas shrugged. I think intel made something like this. I read that they have a few projects baised on tesla's desighs.

BeanahVulgaris (author)2009-08-20

I am doing this experiment using two brass terminals. I suggest that insulation is very very important. If we are creating an electrostatic scavanger then no rough pointy ends etc you want ZERO ion formation comming from the circuit. I used enamel paint (cuase its what i had) to insulate the elevated plate, but you'll want to use something better to create a thin insulating film. Keep the terminal in the ground bare. I also suggest that you do this outside. Inside there are lots of things that mess with the ion content in the air. I also suggest using a capacitor around 50 or so volts, but higher farad value. Maybe make a capacitor bank and do NOT use electrolytic caps. I will also suggest that the grounding be placed firmly in the ground. It needs to be able to "grip" the ground mechanically linking it to feel ground vibrations. (these are vanderwaals (dipole) induced contractions). I dont know whether solid or braided conductors work best. I have also wondered if coaxial cable should be used for a shielding effect up till the terminals this is probably a non productive thought process though. I believe that the reason you found a power spike in the prescence of a storm was because your terminal started leaking ions. Ground potential was rising opposite in respect to the upper strata. As thecharge leaked from your grounding, through the circuit into the air it created a displacement current. Tesla's mode of operation was to create a difference of potential across two terminals. Allow a displacement current to move electrons to one side of the conductor circuit path but not leave or energize anything outside the circuit. Once the capacitor is charged, the small amounts of work its stored up can be released in a smaller amount of time and the circuit "resets". A magnetic coupling device like a transformer can be used to step up the voltage, or step up the current (by lowering the voltage.) and power can be drawn from the discharge. Many of these set up around a large coil in the center (if set in resonance with eachother) would probably create a very interesting power generator). i have created afew detector circuits from a camera flash circuit but havent had time to acctualy conduct the field work. I have read extensive volumes of Tesla's research and much of this is confirmed in the scientific community (as well as a friend of mine who is currently helping to assemble sensors for the large hadron collider for his physics internship). email me at: if i need to clarify something here. thank you for your time :)

i need to add one more thing. The switching device. This can be you flipping a switch or some other method. I've been trying to scavange or even make components in order to get the discharges to happen once fully charged. (i even tried making two electroscopes that would touch when both terminals were connected to dc power (when the caps charge up to a certain point). Didnt work. Zenerdiodes are another idea, i've made reed switches from small grains of steel wool, ground stone, and copper (copper on the leads going into the bead, and the center of the bead's string hole is the ground stone powder and steel wool flakes. Its very finiky but i've acctualy made 2 reed switches that are very effective and only go off when a magnetic field disturbs the filings (its like a magnetic coherer.... theres a different action happening though... if i have time i'll give an instructables video post one day). another idea... this is probably the best so far. Is to use a dippy bird....... the thing oscillates at a given period when theres water present to cool one of the heat engine cycles. the thing will get hot, tip forward, "drink the water" thus cooling down, then come back up again. When it tips forward, if a special switch consisting of two wires held in a way that the backside of the dippy bird knocks them together, completing the circuit. Just a thought. But much thought should be put towards a low power switching device for automatic operation.

It 'very interesting what you wrote! By another type of experiments with high voltage I "discovered" that if you charge internal capacitors from flyback transformer( from CRT monitor) it maintains the charge for days at 50KV, it could be used to accumulate electrostatic high voltage

yes, tesla and NASA both claim that the difference in potential between a given elevation of the earth is anywhere from 10 - 100 volts per meter (its not constant but a sufficiently raised terminal should get voltages you want. If you are care full and there are no storm clouds around, you could put a mylar covered (or conductive paint) then insulated baloon into the air as the upper terminal.
another idea is to use a conductive gas (dunno if it will react with the latex) that is lighter than air, then tie the baloon off with a wire inside it.

The fact is, rarely has anyone dealt with electrostatics in physics to explain the universe... everyone has thought since JJ thomspon's experiments that the main interactions in the universe are gravity, and electrodynamic modes. when electrostatics (or plasma discharge) is how nature interacts. The sun does it. when we touch a door knob while statically charged, we do it. Finally, atoms do it. (bees do it.... even edjucated fleas do it.) <-- joke....

but yes, a crt does act like a capacitor, infact tesla's experiments prove this. If you were to take a blown bulb and coat the inside with some kind of phosphorescence, and create a mini crt tube with no drain tap, you can build a static charge in it and eventually the glow will fade. This shows the full capacitance has been reached. Remember, electrodynamic waves (light) only produce when static charges are acellerating (charge redistribution).

Tesla showed an experiment where he put a thick coil around a lightbulb and sent AC through the coil. What he saw was an electrostatic effect illuminating the coil. Here is that article (you have to pay for the version that has the pictures..... google lets you see some of them in the book preview. I wish this was public domain... tesla would have wanted it to be.)

wow... i think im addicted.... What if there were two cap banks and a switching system that allowed for a reversal of the magnetic field in whatever coil is used once the projectile begins to pass out of the coil? (so its a pull, then a push that uses the same coil, but 2 different charging circuits...).

johndoe2569 (author)2009-07-12

thats teslas way of collecting static ele.. you changed his design so thats why it aint alwayss working

Xellers (author)2009-06-05

This reminds me or Benjamin Franklin's experiment (the real one, not the fake one) and a demonstration at the Boston Museum of Science where charges from a huge Van De Graaf Generator a collected using a key on a kite. The lightning doesn't actually strike the key, of course, but the key collects charges that can then be stored in a leyden jar.

uldics (author)2009-06-03

1. To make the obtainable energy measurable, you could somehow charge (probably with joule thief) a battery and see how long it takes to charge it. And compare the charging time with charging it with an adapter. 2. Would it make the device more effective by having a) many parallel plates; b) making and positioning the plate vertically stretched versus horisontally stretched versus laid down like ceiling; c) instead of plate having a very high antenna (like lightning safety devices at some dangerous objects)?

alessiof76 (author)uldics2009-06-03

Thanks, I will do these tests but I have to wait for bad weather to give the results

Kiteman (author)2009-06-02

It is not collecting "radiant energy", it is collecting static electricity. (Think; "low-voltage lightning")

alessiof76 (author)Kiteman2009-06-02

You are right! I just wanted to keep the name given to it by Tesla. Do you think that should change the title?

Kiteman (author)alessiof762009-06-02

No, just make the distinction clear in the text.

alessiof76 (author)Kiteman2009-06-02

did! thanks

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