First published in 1940, this book describes how the power industry originated and describes the various types of machinery and equipment used in power stations up to the end of the nineteenth century, by which point the steam turbine and three-phase turbo alternator became more commonly employed. The text is also accompanied by engravings and photographs of Victorian power stations and equipment. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of public electricity supply.
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- Date Published: January 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107475045
- length: 270 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.44kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The beginnings of the power station industry
2. The Grosvenor Gallery and Deptford stations
3. The power station of the Great Western Railway Co. at Paddington
4. High-tension direct-current systems
5. Some of the early London supply companies
6. Some early municipal power stations
7. The battle of the systems
8. Gas engines as prime movers in power stations
9. Reciprocating engines in central stations
10. The introduction of the steam turbine
11. Legislation affecting the electrical industry
Appendix I. The heat consumption of power stations
Appendix II. The effect of load factor and output on efficiency
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