The suppression of free energy by corporate interests has been made quite famous by the work of Nikola Tesla; and our subsequent continued reliance on fossil fuels and other inadequate sources of energy remains a serious hurdle to overcome.
There are some very promising developments coming out of the various open source DIY groups. These groups are utilizing the vast potential of lower-cost research and networking to provide a multi-faceted approach to innovation that is becoming far more difficult to suppress than the inventions of a single genius such as Tesla.
There has been particular focus upon how to increase battery life, given the ubiquitous nature of our digital gadgets and high-tech infrastructure. A German student, Dennis Siegel, invented a device that builds upon Tesla’s maxim that “throughout space there is energy” by capturing modern-day electromagnetic fields like WIFI and radio waves and converting them to stored energy in batteries. Siegel won a prestigious award when he successfully demonstrated charging one conventional AA battery over the span of a day. Siegel’s full story can be found here. Continue reading