Beverley Mitchell

Russian Physicists Launch Campaign to Rebuild Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower and Power the World

by , 06/15/14

“Tesla was right and we are ready to prove it!” So say the two Russian physicists who have just launched an Indiegogo campaign to rebuild Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower in Fall, 2014.  Tesla believed that the tower could transmit power wirelessly but this was never definitively proven in his lifetime. If he was right, and after extensive study the team are convinced he was, the project could provide an efficient, worldwide energy transmission system that would distribute all the clean energy we can use.


That Tesla was a genius is undisputed even by his detractors, but more than 70 years after his death, he remains a polarizing figure. Leonid Plekhanov and Sergey Plekhanov have spent the last five years studying and modeling Tesla’s notes and patents for the tower and they are certain the project is viable with the use of modern materials and technology. As their Indiegogo page notes: “Nikola Tesla had left us a very detailed description of the design of his Magnifying Transmitter System and the physical principles of its operation. We are a group of modern-day physicists, trained in many areas related to the operation of his Worldwide Energy System. We’ve conducted a thorough scientific expertise of his works and came to the conclusion that Tesla was on the right track.”

Related: The Oatmeal Cartoonist Helps Raise $1 Million to Turn Old Nikola Tesla Lab Into a Museum

The principle behind the current design is that we already have an unlimited source for all the energy we could need – the sun. A 100,000 square kilometer solar array in a nice, sunny desert somewhere could provide for all our global power needs. The problem lies in distributing that power, as current systems leak so much energy. Tesla’s proposed network of towers were designed to make use of the Earth’s own inherent conductivity, transmitting energy through the ground and the ionosphere with very little wastage. A detailed description of how a tower works can be found here.

While Tesla’s original tower on Long Island weighed in at 60 tons, the prototype the Plekhanovs plan to build will only weigh two tons due to advances in materials. Its Tesla coil will be about 20 meters long. The team are hoping to raise $800,000 to build their prototype via the Indiegogo campaign, which finishes up on July 25, 2014. They successfully raised $40,000 via crowdfunding last year for research and design work on the power source. A project timeline and budget are provided, and in the spirit of Tesla’s magnanimity, they pledge to make their results freely available online once the tower has been put into operation.

+ Global Energy Transmission

Via Treehugger

Photos by Magnus Manske and Yelm via Wikimedia Commons; and Planetary Energy Transmitter on Indiegogo

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16 Comments

  1. cdca October 20, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    If u guys need help with anything message me back. Sorry no money to give,but info about how he built the tower yes and I think it’s a piece u overlooked.

  2. david.whitey.bb91 August 29, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Listen you two if you see this, the naysayers will put up an abundance of crap but you must not listen to these men. Most of them have lived out what they believe to be their ‘glory days’ and relish in being the trolls of the earth. They have wasted their lives on capitalism and wish everybody to be brought down how they are being brought down/ already been brought down. Lead the naysayers to a better future and watch the opinions change

  3. For_the_Roses July 22, 2014 at 11:12 am

    What the world has been waiting for. Well done guys.

  4. reputationsaviors July 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Dear Russian Scientists: Tesla\’s Wardenclyffe granite base was an Octagon. The 68\’ copper Cupola w/adjuster at the top & the Facade were Leonardo Davinci\’s Octagon. Johannes Kepler\’s Harmonics Mundia and simple mathematics of Electricity and Harmonics. Energy, Frequency & Vibration. – Nikola Tesla http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUvZdxG5jNo

  5. delfincazteca July 5, 2014 at 4:30 am

    Keep on your dreams guys, for mankind\’s love

  6. EarthIsCalling June 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

    “Truth seeker” and David McKale should be ashamed of yourselves for the negativity. If these kids get a shot at helping humanity what is $10-$20 anyways? I bet you are both very unhappy humans.

    These kids will get a lot of heat from naysayers and oil companies if their progress is noticeable, they may even fail, but at least they are trying and if they can get the attention of some millionaire or other scientists we may have a chance of seeing this working in our lifetime.

  7. truth seeker June 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    And I have a flying saucer to sell you too (also made out of wood)!

  8. truth seeker June 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Looks like a (Russian) scam to me! I’m a physicist and somewhat of an expert on the work of Tesla. Who vets these projects? Lots of people could get hurt real bad, while these two “hustlers” enjoy themselves on a beach somewhere, joking about how stupid and gullible Americans are.

  9. Nathan Mitchell June 22, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Hope the Russian scientist use 2 main factors Which Tesla used in his original coils. 1 The primary and secondary coils must weigh exactly the same, 2 The design of the coil must be based on natural geometry. When this is done the secondary coil will block 100% of the current flow leaving 100% pure voltage impulses. This is needed to create the longitudinal light waves Tesla use to talk about, which are meant to be 99% efficient. Its only possible to transmit electricity wireless by using these far more efficient longitudinal electromagnetic waves. Today’s Tesla coils do not use these factors and only emit Transverse electromagnetic waves, like radio and microwaves, and also produce electric arcing.

  10. David McKale June 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    This is a false kickstarter. The one on the left is Mafia. Don’t support this, I can feel the darkness coming from them.

  11. stewardman June 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    The right person could place this project on the Online “KickStarter Campaign” and raise millions in a month as it goes viral.

    God have mercy on them…but sadly, their biggest problem will likely be attracting every single Energy Corporation (Oil, Coal, Nat-Gas, Solar, Wind, Wave…….) AGAINST THEM! They will ALL be lobbing Obama to send the CIA-Drones to destroy this “Grave & Aggressive Threat To All Liberty, Freedom & Humanity.” (sarcasm) FAR to many $$$Trillions$$$ to be Lost in Corp $profit$ for this to fly unmolested. Lord have mercy.

  12. DMW June 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    “The problem lies in distributing that power, as current systems leak so much energy.”

    Not so if we have solar on site, on our homes’ rooftops and from local solar “farms”.

    The problem is only in the minds and pockets of the industrialists who want to make us think there is no way. What they are trying to do is maintain their control over power. That is the real problem to them – how to industrialize and centralize solar energy.

  13. GreatEmerald GreatEmerald June 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

    One step closer to Tesla Coils from Red Alert? :D

  14. Alexandre Tesmieuxdcourir June 12, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    where is the petition ?

  15. LAS June 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Been there, doing that, since before 2006 :-)

    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread319602/pg1

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