How could no one have seen this before! I feel as though you may have found the much needed push in the right direction when it comes to this patent, which really is the basis for Radiant Energy. I'll contribute where I can, or atleast try :P
Great work Nat
I just had a thought about this. What if Tesla's patent had to do with 'Roentgen Current' for those of you who don't know what it is it is basically the electrical current induced when a dielectric is moved within a homogeneous electric field. What if in this case it is the electric field moving and impinging on the plate inducing a current?