Investigation of the Tesla Transformer as a Device for One-Wire Power and Signaling and as a Device for Power and Signaling Through the Ground

  • Kaloyan Mihaylov
  • Rui Neves-Medeiros
  • Rumen ArnaudovEmail author
  • Stanimir Valtchev
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 450)


A new method for power and communications through single wire or the ground as a medium is investigated. The focus of the research is based on the proper construction and operation of a Tesla Transformer, so as to be able to transmit power and/or signals through one wire or the ground. The conclusions are based upon experimental data. There are successful results for single wire power supply with efficiency of about 20%. There is room for improvement of the circuits, so better efficiency is expected. The utilization of the soil as a medium for currents propagation didn’t give any useful results. Due to its complex properties, the ground transmission requires lower working frequency, hence bigger and more complicated coils, special drive circuit and good grounding.


Single wire power Single wire signalling Power through the ground Ground communications Tesla coil Tesla transformer Quarter wave resonator 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaloyan Mihaylov
    • 1
  • Rui Neves-Medeiros
    • 2
  • Rumen Arnaudov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stanimir Valtchev
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of TelecommunicationsTechnical University of SofiaSofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Department of Electrical Engineering, UNINOVANova University of LisbonCaparicaPortugal

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