Nikola Tesla Change the Way We Use Energy: Cheat Sheet

Stuff You Need to Know:
  • In the late 19th century, two competing systems existed to generate electricity: direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC).
  • Thomas Edison was a staunch supporter of DC power generation, but it could not be transmitted economically over long distances.
  • Nikola Tesla, who immigrated to the United States in 1884, believed in AC power generation.
  • Tesla invented the polyphase induction motor and, with it, ushered in what some have called the Second Industrial Revolution.
  • Just three years after arriving in America, Tesla filed for seven U.S. patents describing a complete AC system based on his induction motor.
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