Have you ever heard of Nikola Tesla? Many people have but for those who haven’t, let me tell you some interesting facts about a man who was way ahead of his time, and still is today.
Nikola Tesla was probably the greatest electrical engineer, inventor and one of the most phenomenal physicist’s to have ever lived on this planet. However, we hear little of him in our history books and through our education system. At the time of his birth there was a ferocious storm and he was labelled a ‘child of darkness’. However, his mother responded he would be a ‘child of light’ – how ironic that would turn out to be. A couple of his inventions were things like the radio, the brushless AC induction motor, fluorescent lighting and more importantly alternating current (AC), which is the electricity we use in our homes and businesses today and around the world. He also had around 300 other patents through his inventions.
Tesla also had the idea for wireless smart phone technology in 1901 and conceived the idea of giving the world free energy purely from the combination of the earth’s core and radiant energy from the sun. His ‘World Power System’ idea and the 185-foot Wardenclyffe Tower that he built with the help of others started in the early 1900’s. Through lack of funding and other reasons it was controversially shot down before its completion and at the time of his death in 1943, Tesla had many of his personal documents confiscated and classified as top secret.
When Albert Einstein was famously asked in an interview, “How does it feel to be the smartest person in the world”? Einstein replied, “I wouldn’t know. Ask Nikola Tesla”. This clearly shows the magnitude, influence and respect his peers had for him.
So why am I talking about Nikola Tesla and what does this have to do with you? Quite simply, in today’s society we are looking for ways to save on costs through renewable energy – a method this humanitarian tried to accomplish for the world but didn’t quite get there. We know solar panels are a great way to generate power from the sun and the cost of storage batteries have now come down dramatically over the last couple of years. Electricity off the grid is amazing and without it we would struggle in everyday life – but wouldn’t it be great to have a system that was self-sufficient and only requiring power off the grid as a last resort? Many people across Sydney and Australia have already implemented this and having the best of all the above - solar, batteries, grid power and even generators as back up in the event of a black out.
So why aren’t more people jumping on board with this concept? Well a big part of this comes down to cost and how long it will take to pay off the system. Not everyone has the capacity to outlay thousands of dollars to set up their homes or businesses with solar and storage batteries. For a long time, I have always been an advocate for renewable energy and as our population is increasing at a rapid rate, we must look for ways to protect our environment as much as possible as approximately 75-80% of the power generated in NSW is from non-renewable sources such as coal and gas.
Australians though should be pleased to hear, electricity generated from renewable energy sources from solar, hydro, wind, bio energy and small hydro are on the rise. In addition, there have been 37 large solar farm projects which have either been approved or seeking approval in the last year and 24 of these have entered the planning system. Further to this a 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant has been secured for Port Augusta in South Australia. This will be the biggest of its kind in the world and has the capacity to supply energy to more than 90,000 homes – and the beauty of this it’s completely emission free. This $650 million dollar Aurora Solar Energy Project will be ready in 2020.
I’m looking forward to 2018 as we look to implement and introduce a unique collaboration to help people and businesses implement strategies like the one I mentioned, without outlaying thousands of dollars up front.
A good example of this is a good friend of mine, who receives a commercial quarterly bill of around $9,000. If his bill was halved through renewable energy, he would automatically save approximately $18,000 a year. Over a 5-year period that amounts to $90,000. I would prefer to see this amount in his pocket hence the reason he is opting for a renewable and storage energy system – perhaps you could call this his very own Tesla World Power System?!
The sun produces a staggering 400 trillion watts per second (yes, per second). To put this in context, the sun has enough energy to melt a bridge of ice two miles wide by one mile thick that extends the entire way from the Earth to the Sun, in just one second. So, when people ask me if solar is feasible, my response is ‘yes’, as I strongly believe the facts presented in this article validate its worth.