For starters, think of this as a solar-electric panel. Tesla’s invention is very different, but the closest thing to it in conventional technology is in photo-voltaics. One radical difference is that conventional solar-electric panels consist of a substrate coated with crystalline silicon; the latest use amorphous silicon. Conventional solar panels are expensive, and, whatever the coating, they are manufactured by esoteric processes.
But Tesla’s “solar panel” is just a shiny metal plate with a transparent coating of some insulating material which today could be a spray plastic. Stick one of these antenna-like panels up in the air, the higher the better, and wire it to one side of a capacitor, the other going to a good earth ground. Now the energy from the sun is charging that capacitor.
Connect across the capacitor some sort of switching device so that it can be discharged at rhythmic intervals, and you have an…
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