Radiant is more commonly, and mistakenly, called static electricity. Recently, scientists have been investigating using this energy as a renewable energy; it could be a source of “free energy.” It is not that absurd of an idea. Multiple inventors and scientists have created devices that take advantage of radiant energy. Nikola Tesla created a magnifying transmitter, T. Henry Moray developed a radiant energy device, as well as Edwin Grata and Paul Baumann. Radiant energy has been used to operate a motive device and store static electricity.
Static electricity is different from the current that powers everything we know. Static is created by the collection of excess charge on a surface. The discharge of this charge is what transmits energy, but it is not like current electricity. Static electricity is described as “sound waves of electrified air” (Clear Tech). This means that the energy is traveling as a longitudinal wave rather than a transverse wave (electromagnetic radiation and electricity as well as magnetic fields are all transverse waves). Longitudinal waves vibrate in the direction of the traveling wave. This means that the pressure of the way changes, whether it is air pressure from a sound wave of electric pressure from static discharge.
The potential of radiant energy as a source of power is unfathomable. It can perform similar tasks as electricity for less than 1% of the cost. Some technology, like Edward Gray’s Electro-Magnetic Association Motor (Pulsed Capacitance Discharge Engine) have been created and successfully used. In search of renewable energy sources for the future, radiant energy might be an extremely viable solution. Plus, static electricity is fun.