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Hydro – Beginnings: The Birth of the Grid

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Senior Consultant Microgrid Labs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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This is the first part of a multi-post series on hydropower. This part will focus on the U.S. history of hydroelectric generation. Although using flowing water to perform various types of work dates to ancient times, using this renewable energy source to generate electric power was born gradually from many inventions by many early engineers and scientists. Then, around 1900, one major project with several parents demonstrated to the world what the modern grid would look like.

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Daniel Duggan on Aug 10, 2021

Thanks John for a very interesting history of the early days of US hydro power.  Hydro projects worldwide continue to operate well past their 100th birthdays, they are a credit to the engineers who designed and constructed our 1st significant power plants generally under unsafe and difficult conditions.  Thousands of men died during construction, here in Ireland 38 lives were lost building the 85MW Shannon Hydro Scheme in the 1920s.

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