Nikola Tesla: an electrical engineering genius!
Nikola Tesla: does that name mean anything to you? This is the tragedy of this Serbian electrical engineer, mechanic and physicist, born in 1856. This man, who held over 300 patents, generated the foundations of electrical engineering, which electrical engineers still use today. His contribution is so immense that in 2003, a car manufacturer – electric, of course – chose to bear his name.
And then there was electricity!
Tesla’s biggest hit? Alternating current! The most spectacular application took place in 1893, when he and George Westinghouse developed a hydroelectric system that made it possible to convert the energy generated by Niagara Falls into electricity and transport it to power the nearby industries in Buffalo. All in the form of alternating current. Simply brilliant.
More globally, we owe the “discoverer” – as he preferred to be called – the basic understanding of electrical energy and its problems, which electrical engineers still use. Thinking about how these professionals design, plan and analyze electrical circuits and systems, while managing the associated risks, we see that Tesla’s research makes their work possible. His contribution is undeniable, even today.
Electrical Source Hazards: electrocution or electrification, burns, fires, damage to property and equipment.
The future belongs to those who know an electrical engineer
More than ever, the exploration of renewable energy sources is a priority. The goal? Limit the greenhouse gases that fossil fuels generate. In this gloomy context, electric cars are on the way to becoming the norm. As for electrical engineers? Their expertise will be more sought after than a good accountant during tax season! This is where the genius of Tesla meets automotive progress, notably.
Did you know?
An electric car travelling 400 km requires about 70 kWh of energy, the equivalent of about $6 in electricity. Comparing dollars, it’s a bit like driving 100 km with 1 litre of gasoline!
Goodbye gasoline engine, hello magnets and battery!
Engine, transmission, battery: many other parts of a gasoline car are completely useless in an electric car:
- Fuel and oil pumps and filters;
- Spark plugs;
- Drive belt;
- Oil dipstick;
- Cylinder head gasket;
- Engine block;
- Connecting rods;
- Valve spring;
- Cylinder head;
- Cylinder block;
- Clutch disc.
Because we love numbers!
In 2021, the market share of the electric car reached 4.6% worldwide and the trend is far from running out of steam.
As a tribute to the forgotten genius
Tesla’s influence is still very present and inspires electrical engineers, like those at CEP Forensic, to advance their discipline. Being the humanitarian that he was, he would be proud to see that his work has such a decisive place in our daily lives and in our future.
“Were we to seize and eliminate from our industrial world the result of Mr Tesla’s work, the wheels of industry would cease to turn, our electric cars and trains would stop, our towns would be dark, and our mills would be idle and dead […]”
B.A. Behrend, VP of the Institute of Electrical Engineers
Discover the discoverer, the electric car and our services!
Like Nikola Tesla, our experts are not looking for glory, but rather to investigate to find the source of your electrical malfunctions and failures. We have the best teams to understand your incident, to limit its impact and to prevent it from happening again.