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3 Firms To Profit From The Next Energy Revolution

Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father, statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

He was also a brilliant inventor -- creating bifocals, the lightning rod and the odometer.

But his greatest invention has been shrouded in mystery for more than 250 years...

It involves controlling one of the most important resources known to man: energy.

In 1749, through a revolutionary experiment, Franklin created a device that could capture and harness energy. Then, 150 years later, Thomas Edison picked up where Franklin left off. Since then, many others have carried forward this work.

But a few months ago, a band of scientists -- backed by an eccentric billionaire -- took Franklin's dream to new heights.

They finally broke through -- and now it has the potential to make early investors a fortune.

From Franklin, Tesla, Edison -- And Now Musk

We've all heard the first part of the folk tale... Ben Franklin was convinced that lightning bolts contain energy, and he wanted to prove it. So during a thunderstorm, he flew a kite with a metal key attached, hoping the kite would get hit.

And it worked.

The kite was struck by lightning, and the key produced a shock.

But that's only half the story.

What's less well-known is that Franklin was able to store the energy from the lightning bolt -- a feat no one had accomplished before.

Four years earlier, he had invented a groundbreaking energy storage device, composed of glass panes coated with metal. During his kite experiment, Franklin tied a thin metal wire from the key and connected it to this device.

When the lightning struck, it went down the kite string, through the key, through the metal wire and into Franklin's device, where a charge was stored.

Franklin didn't know it at the time, but this primitive device would trigger a silent energy revolution with enormous implications 250 years later.

Others began to study Franklin's work, and they started to see the full potential of his discovery. If you could capture energy, store it, and use it later, then you'd have free energy.

So for the next 250 years, the world's top scientists studied Franklin's work and carried it forward, little by little.

In 1800, Italian inventor Alessandro Volta made a breakthrough. He created what was called the voltaic pile, which is considered the first practical energy storage device.

A century later, a mysterious Serbian-American named Nikola Tesla took the work further.

He was a reclusive genius who dreamed about transferring electricity without wires... and providing free electricity to the world. He made several breakthroughs, including a device that could store energy and even shoot bolts of electricity.

Then came Thomas Edison. He stood on the shoulders of those before him and eventually patented a storage device of his own.

And so it went. Every generation of scientists upgrading and building upon Franklin's original energy storage system. And it's continued to this very day.

Now The Breakthrough Is Here...

Earlier this year, there were whispers that a group of scientists finally succeeded in building an energy storage device capable of harnessing massive amounts of energy.

Finally, on April 30, 2015, this device was unveiled. It was immediately heralded as something with the potential to "change the world."

You may even have seen it yourself. I'm talking about Tesla Motors' revolutionary energy storage device: the "Tesla Powerwall."

Make no mistake: this device is the 21st century reincarnation of Franklin's dream. It's nothing like your old-fashioned AA battery. It's a sleek, compact battery unit that you can mount on the wall in your garage. A single, stand-alone unit delivers enough power to take your entire home completely off the grid. You simply charge it with a solar panel, windmill, or any other power source, and just like that, you've got all the energy you need.

When a bad storm knocks your power out, all you have to do is flip it on to have full power in seconds. Not surprisingly, the demand has been "crazy," as Tesla CEO Elon Musk put it.

Within days of announcing their breakthrough, the company received more than 38,000 orders. Within three months, it had received more than 100,000. That's $1 billion worth of orders in just a few months.

In fact, Tesla's already sold out through 2016. The company literally can't build them fast enough.

Now, before I go any further, let me just make clear that I'm not recommending you invest in Tesla.

Of course, you probably wouldn't go wrong investing in the company. I recommended it back in 2010, and it delivered 397% gains to my readers in three years.

But I have several other lesser-known plays that will capture the lion's share of the gains to be made in this groundbreaking new space.

As you can imagine, early investors are already making a fortune.

So far, energy storage companies I've recommended have delivered gains of 303% and 397% in as little as three years. But now, this opportunity is about to hit the sweet spot of the business cycle.

The early adopters have already gotten in, and they're proving that it's a viable technology. Now, a major catalyst -- Tesla -- is introducing it to a broader audience. Soon, this technology will get cheaper and cheaper -- and before you know it, we'll have one of these devices in every residential home in the United States.

This is the perfect time to get in. That's why Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, MIT, Berkeley and Harvard continue pouring money into this field. They see the writing on the wall. They know what kind of fortunes are going to be made here.

As I mentioned earlier, Tesla is sure to profit nicely from this technology. But in cases like this, it's the lesser-known plays that usually deliver the triple-digit gains.

That's why I've developed a special presentation that tells you everything you need to know about how to get the names and ticker symbols of my three favorite companies behind this technology that could have even more upside than Tesla in the years ahead. To view this presentation, I invite you to follow this link .

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