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Ten years after patenting a successful method for producing alternating current, Nikola Tesla claimed the invention of an electrical generator that would not "consume any fuel." Such a generator would not have an external prime mover such as steam or falling water.
The documents that establish Tesla's involvement in this line of research are presented below.
On June 9 th, 1902, the New York Times and the New York Herald carried a story of a Clemente Figueras, a "woods and forest engineer," who had invented a device for generating electricity without burning any fuel. In the Nikola Tesla Collection, at Columbia University Library is a letter from the inventor to his friend Robert Underwood Johnson, the editor of Century Magazine, with a clipping of the Herald article enclosed.1
In the three page letter Tesla states that he suggested such a generator in his Century magazine article, and that he has worked on such a design for sometime (Figures 2 & 3).
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