Innovation In the Power Industry 2022
- May 24, 2022 8:05 am GMT
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Electricity, a versatile form of energy determines the economic progress of any country. If one digs into the historical background of power generation, one would witness the steady growth both conceptually and even technologically. Englishman Stephen Gray is credited with the demonstration of electric conduction which led to invention of glass friction generators in Germany in 1740. This triggered invention of battery in 1800 followed by Humphry Davy’s first effective ‘arc lamp’ (1808) and Hans Christian Oersted’s relationship between electricity and magnetism (1830) which marked the most pivotal contribution to modern power systems. Michael Faraday and Joseph Henry invented the primitive electric motor (1831) documenting that an electric current through a wire moving near a magnet – establishing the principle of the generator. One had to wait until 1870 to witness a dynamo that produced a steady direct current by a Belgian inventor – Zenobe Gramme. These opened up flood gates on electricity’s potential to light and power the world.
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