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This page is about other people who have created radiant energy devices, with some degree of great success!.

Hermann Plauson, a director of the Fischer-Tropsch "Otto Traun Research Laboratories" in Hamburg, Germany, during the 1920s, worked largely on radiant energy and even made a few patents of his own.
Patent "No. 1540998US", describes methods for capturing and converting this energy into usable currents (he even ran heating appliances and motors on it).

Plauson seemed to work on Tesla's idea of "connecting machinery to the wheelwork of nature", not only does Plauson use radiant energy for the power, but he uses it to create an alternating current with a high power factor (high value of resonance) and resonance is a key factor in his patented devices, Tesla is the Founder of radiant/atmospheric energy, he completely developed and redeveloped the science of alternating currents and was a most masterful engineer in tuning coils to resonate at particular frequencies!.
Closed oscillatory circuits increase the resonance, thus increasing the drive of electromagnetic induction, increase or decrease of power can be achieved by either a tunable oscillatory circuit or by tunable induction coils.
Conversion to an alternating current massively simplifies the entire circuit and at the time, alternating current was the hot topic, the all new scientific wonder of the twentieth century!.

Mr Hermann Plauson also noted that if radio active material be encased or at least made into the top of the antenna, the amount of collected energy would be quantified!.

The two patents (both US and GB are almost the same) covering some 30 odd circuits, is a must read for anyone researching alternative forms of energy and can be downloaded from the menu on the left!.

Mr Hermann Plauson advanced upon Mr Tesla's basic design and it would at least appear that he conducted extensive research into the field of radiant energy, Mr Plauson however termed it "atmospheric electric energy" and noted it's similarity to static electricity but weather he actually knew of Mr Tesla's work or not, is unclear.

Both patents (No. 1540998US and 157263GB) describe various methods of applying such energy to run general electric appliances, the patents of Great Britain declare, that for small installations, 100 horsepower may be stated as a practical limit (100hp x 746 = 74600watts (74.6kw), 74600watts / 240volts = 310.83ampere or 74600watts / 110volts = 678.182ampere), while the United States patents are a little more vague, it does however state that the use vacuum tubes (so called audion high vacuum or thermionic tubes) of suitable connection are employed instead of spark gaps and small installations can have a working power, anywhere between 1 to 100kw (1kw x 1000 = 1000watts, 1000watts / 240volts = 4.167ampere or 1000watts / 110volts = 9.09ampere).
Mr Plauson also places electromagnetic coils or chokes (possibly several connected in parallel, to product one large choke) on the aerial/antenna (in series with aerial/antenna and the circuit), he states that in the case of high voltages or in areas of frequent thunder storms, several such chokes maybe employed in series and therefor, are used as a safety measure in the circuit, self-induced voltages in the choke, caused by a change in current, gives rise to resistance and thusly protecting the circuit from short circuits (current overloads) between the atmosphere and earth.
Spark gaps are still used to protect the working circuit against the high voltages that can be produced, such spark gaps are more or less connected directly between aerial/antenna and earth.
The working spark gap is of less resistance than the safety spark gap and so long as the former gap is not overloaded (i am assuming he means, the rate of discharge across the gap), this resistance is maintained and discharges only occur across this, the working spark gap.
It is said, that if the potential should increase for whatever reason and becomes dangerous to the working circuit, in particular the capacitors (condensers) and transformer insulation, the working spark gap can be adjusted (increasing or decreasing the distance across the gap), so that the safety gaps can discharge free of inductive effects to earth, without endangering the circuit.
He states, without the spark gaps arranged in such a manner (with resistance across the safety gap, greater than the resistance of the spark gap in the working circuit), that it is impossible to render large quantities of electrical energy.

Primarily the working spark gap is used to discharge the capacitors across a transformer coil and that leads to an inductive reaction in the working gap, the safety spark gap is incorporated to safely discharge, directly to earth, high voltage potentials that can occur and because it is direct to earth, no other effects are placed upon this current flow, such as the inductive reaction described before.
Increasing the gap in the working spark gap, increases the resistance of this gap, which allows a greater amount of current to store in the capacitors, lowers the frequency of oscillation in the transformer coils, raises the voltage supplied to the transformer coils and providing that resistance, is not identical to that of the safety spark gap, discharges only take place across the working spark gap and it is with proper adjustment of this gap, dangerously high voltages can be discharged across the safety spark gap, which might otherwise, destroy the working circuit.
Inductive reactions that take place in the working circuit and therefor in the working spark gap, increase the resistance of the working spark gap, this is what Mr Plauson means by overloaded, if the rate of discharge becomes to great or otherwise if the primary windings in the (step-down) transformer produce to much self-induced e.m.f, the transformer will ramp up (increase) the resistance of the entire working circuit and discharges will begin to occur across the safety spark gap.

The patent also declares that the earth field voltage in summer, is about 60 to 100 volts and in winter, 300 to 500 volts for each meter above the ground, it then goes on to state that at a distance of 2,000 meters above ground, the summer voltage will be around 2,000,000 volts and the winter voltage will be around 5,000,000 volts or more (not sure how he come to these conclusions, given the variables).

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