October 5, 2018
A “strange looking” tower near the city of Milford, about 50 miles south of Dallas, is the talk of the town.
Or was, until Waxahachie-based Viziv Technologies let it be known that it’s an experiment that could lead to an advance in the delivery of electricity.
Milford residents have been wondering what the tower if for, with concerns and theories abounding, but now Viziv is putting their concerns to rest by explaining its ambitious research there.
The company is partnering with Baylor’s University Research and Innovation Collaborative to test “surface waves” for broadcast signals and GPS functions, but within a few years the collaboration hopes to deliver on the scientific theory of distributing electricity through the air rather than using high-tension wires.
“We’re focusing early-on, on continuous signaling, things like regional GPS, radio navigation and broadcast signaling,” Viziv’s Michael Taylor told Waco’s KXXV-TV, emphasizing that the tower presents no harm to the public.
A Viziv spokesman said making good on inventor Nokola Tesla‘s 1890s theories and experiments that electricity can be delivered through the atmosphere may take ten years, but that’s one goal.
The company has for decades been developing a Zenneck surface wave to “propagate electromagnetic waves along the interface of Earth and air.
The safe and efficient use of the wave to deliver power will likely be a breakthrough.
The Zenneck surface wave “is unaffected by lightning, geomagnetic disturbances, solar flares or electromagnetic pulses such as those generated by a nuclear blast such that only sending and receiving units will require protection,” Viziv says.
“And unlike the electrical distribution systems that depend on a gridwork that is vulnerable to physical attack, and to cascading failures during peak power usage, wireless electrical delivery is designed to be virtually impervious to these threats.”
Viziv says its ultimate goal is to safely, economically and efficiently deliver electrical power virtually anywhere in the world through the use of surface wave technologies.
The company says on its website that it hopes to “Power the Planet and Bring Light to the World” using the new technologies, potentially bringing electricity to areas of the world where its hard to run wires and build towers.
See the report, “The Microgrid Unplugged: Energy Surety Via Wireless Power” here