Nikola Tesla: the Genius of Modern Electricity

Can you imagine if we were still walking around at night using candles to light our way, or heating our homes only by fire? Sure, it’s romantic and nostalgic to do that once in a while, but at the end of the day, society would look extremely different without the use of electricity.

Nikola Tesla was one of the geniuses who played an integral role in creating modern electricity, so you have him along with many other scientists to thank! Tesla worked with Edison on electromagnetism, played a hand in inventing the radio, and is well-known for his work with alternating current (AC), AC motors, and polyphase distribution system. In fact, Tesla and industrialist George Westinghouse developed the first hydroelectric power plant using Niagara Falls.

The first hydroelectric power plant at Niagara Falls

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If you’ve never been to Niagara Falls, it’s quite a sight to see. The CE team lives in Ontario, so we’ve had the pleasure of seeing it up close, and it’s pretty miraculous. However, it’s arguably even more astounding that Nikola Tesla had the idea of utilizing the power from this magnificent waterfall to generate electricity in the first place.

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The power generated by the Falls can be done through a process called hydroelectricity. Hydroelectricity refers to the generation of electrical power through the use of the gravitational force caused by falling or flowing water. In this case, the source of the flowing or falling water is Niagara Falls.

This wasn’t exactly a random thought for Tesla either, as he had always dreamed of generating energy by harnessing the power from the Falls. It wasn’t until 1893 that his dream became a…

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