He Didn’t Just Make the First AC Motor. Here Are Some The Best of All Nikola Tesla’s Inventions

Some of the world’s best inventions are a result of the brilliance of Nikola Tesla. While he created the motors using alternating current (what we know as AC motors), it’s not the only thing for which he’s known.

His inventions made such an impact in so many areas that we consider him one of the pioneers of electricity. Tesla holds more than 100 U.S. patents and many more from around the world. 

Besides influencing the wide-spread use of the AC motor, here are three of the best Nikola Tesla’s inventions. 

1. The Tesla Coil

Tesla invented what became known as the Tesla coil in 1891. The coil is actually two coils: a primary and a secondary. Each coil has its own capacitor.

The Tesla coil generates a spark – like shooting a small lightning bolt across the gap. The two coils connected to each side of the gap. The spark generates in the open air of the gap.

Tesla’s invention was an early form of wireless power. He used it to conduct experiments in phosphorescence, electrical lighting, X-rays, and electrotherapy.

He also dreamed of providing power to cities without using wires. This lead to the next invention on our list. 

2. The Magnifying Transmitter

As Tesla pursued his dream of large-scale wireless power, he knew cities would need bigger transmitters. Bigger transmitters need more room to work. 

In 1899, Tesla created a lab in Colorado Springs. He built the Magnifying Transmitter – the largest Tesla Coil with the most power. 

It was 52 feet in diameter and had three coils. When activated, the transmitter generated millions of volts of electricity. The resulting lightning bolts were 130 feet long.

While the Magnifying Transmitter was impressive, it was also ahead of its time. Wireless electricity is still rare in households or other buildings today. 

But his ideas and invention pioneered the way for the development of wireless electricity during the mid-2010s.

3. Hydroelectric Power

While we appreciate the machinery that’s developed as a result of Tesla’s influence, we must also highlight his design of hydroelectric power.

Using alternating current, Tesla designed one of the first hydroelectric power plants in the United States.

Using Tesla’s designed, Westinghouse built the plant at Niagara Falls in 1895. They named the plant the Adams Power Plant Transformer House.

By 1896 the plant was ready to run. And it powered more than expected. When Tesla’s hydroelectric plant ran at full power, it provided enough power for the city of Buffalo, NY. 

With added generators, the hydroelectric plant eventually powered New York City, as well. 

This hydroelectric accomplishment helped establish AC power as the most widely-used form of power around the world. 

Nikola Tesla’s Inventions Give Us the Motors We Love

We’re sure you appreciate Tesla’s influence on motor technology as much as we do. We can thank Nikola Tesla’s inventions for the many motors we work with today. 

Electrical Apparatus and Machine Company has built and repaired motors for more than four decades. We dedicate ourselves to excellence in rotor repair. You can trust your rotor is in good hands with us.

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Who’s Leading The Charge in Electric Car Technology Patents? Here’s The Top 15 Companies

Serious issues like climate change plague society. That’s why it’s essential that the leaders of industry are searching for the best electric car technology.

The electrical machines these companies deal with are highly complex, and changing by the minute. Check out this list of the top 15 companies dominating electric car technology right now

1. Audi

Audi is looking to innovate in the field of EV technology. In fact, a recent patent from Audi allows their electric hybrids to navigate the most efficient route for their electric motors.

2. Google

Some may be surprised by the number of tech companies grabbing patents for the automobile industry, but anyone who knows the industry isn’t. Companies like Google are ready to compete in the field of self-driving technology.

3. Daimler

This company is most famous for their luxury Mercedes Benz line. For Daimler, it’s all about combining fuel efficiency and eco-friendly designs with luxury.

4. Microsoft

Like Google, Microsoft wants to be able to compete in the market. They haven’t limited themselves to self-driving technology but has also grabbed patents for mobility services and green car technology.

5. Uber

Uber is not entirely disconnected from the automobile industry. Although they haven’t focused on green car technology patents, they are filing for things in mobility services and self-driving technology.

6. Amazon

Amazon might be the most unexpected tech company on this list. Yet, if you consider their platform, it makes sense. They haven’t made a grab for green vehicle technology, but their patents in mobility services and self-driving technology are substantial.

7. BMW

Like Daimler, BMW has to combine eco-friendly design with luxury to remain relevant in the industry. This is why they’ve filed for a large share of patents in green car technology between 2012 and 2016.

8. Facebook

Of course, Facebook is not ready to be left behind in the race for EV technology patents. They’ve not only filed some patents in connected and self-driving technology but it mobility services as well.

9. Apple

With daunting competitors like Google and Microsoft, Apple has to fight to stay relevant. Their share of connected and self-driving patents is less than Google and Amazon, but they’re still in the race.

10. Ford

With a company that’s been around this long, it’s important to innovate. In fact, Ford is leading the EV category with 459 patents.

11. Honda

While Ford holds a larger percentage of patents, Honda is still hanging onto 10%. What matters more than the amount is the value of the patents themselves.

12. General Motors

GM has a huge share of the patents in connected and self-driving technology. They may not have any mobility service patents, but they haven’t forgotten about green car technology.

13. Hyundai

Although U.S. automakers lead the industry in terms of the number of EV patents, Asian companies should not be forgotten. Hyundai holds a few for things like EV battery management systems.

14. Hitachi

Like Hyundai, Hitachi also holds a few EV patents. They too hold them in areas like EV battery systems.

15. Toyota

Of course, Toyota is innovating as well. They even have a patent that may allow pedal charging from within an EV.

More on Electric Car Technology

In today’s world, technology advances at such a rapid pace it can be hard to track. To stay abreast of the best innovations in electric car technology, don’t forget to check out our blog page.

Invaluable Magnetisim-The Link Between Magnets and Electricity And Why It Matters

The Greeks discovered magnetism in 600 BC. However, it wasn’t until the year 1820 when the fascinating link between electricity and magnetism was identified.

Today, electricity and magnetism are very important in everyday life. Electromagnets are used in many items including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines, particle accelerators, speakers, and earphones.

But how do magnets and electricity interact?

Keep reading to learn about the link between magnets and electricity and why the discovery of electromagnetism changed our world.

What Is Electricity?

Electricity is a form of energy arising from charged particles (such as electrons and protons).

There are two main types of electricity.

Static electricity does not form a current. Instead, it has an imbalance of charged particles that generate electricity. Examples include lightning and the zaps you may feel when folding your laundry.

Current electricity involves a constant flow of electrons through a conductor, such as metal.

What Is Magnetism?

This explanation will require a bit of atomic knowledge. In an atom, the center consists of a nucleus of neutrons (with a neutral charge) and protons (positive charge). Circling this nucleus are electrons, which are negatively charged.

When these electrons spin around a nucleus, they generate a small magnetic field. Usually, these small magnetic forces are canceled out due to the random spinning of electrons.

Magnets are different. They have electrons that spin in the same direction, causing a positive and negative pole on the magnet, and generating a magnetic field.

How Do Magnets and Electricity Interact?

Magnetism and electricity are closely related. In fact, magnetism can be used to generate electricity and electricity can be used to generate magnetism.

Magnets can generate electricity. This occurs by moving a magnet around a coil of wire, or by moving a coil of wire around a magnet.

This action moves the electrons within the wire and then generates an electrical current. This arises by creating a changing magnetic field.

Electricity can also produce magnetism. As the electrical current flows through a wire, it makes a circular magnetic field outside of the wire.

What Do We Use Electromagnetism For?

The discovery of the close relationship between magnets and electricity, or electromagnetism, was a revolutionary one. Electromagnets are used in many industries, including scientific, medical, and mechanical fields.

Here are a few examples of everyday electromagnetism:

  • in the junkyard: a large electromagnet is used to handle and move cars
  • in electric cars: electric motors power these increasingly-popular vehicles
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometers
  • tape recorders
  • Maglev trains, which travel at very high speeds

Final Thoughts

Although we’ve only understood the relationship between magnets and electricity for under 200 years, the discovery has been monumental.

With electromagnetism, important medical imaging, sound recording, and even motorized machinery were made possible. And the applications of electromagnetism continue to grow.

For more scientific articles on electricity, magnetism, and their myriad of uses, visit our blog today.