10 Momentous Energy Events

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  • The First Electrostatic Generator

    The First Electrostatic Generator
    Otto von Guericke is credited with inventing the first electrostatic generator, further exploring static energy and paving the way for future energy experiments.
  • Benjamin Franklin's Kite

    Benjamin Franklin's Kite
    Benjamin was the first to prove that lightning is a form of electricity (or energy,) discover that energy was both positive and negative, as well as discover the principle of conservation of charge (electricity can not be created or destroyed.)
  • The First Battery

    The First Battery
    In 1800, Alessandro Volta is credited with inventing the first battery using zinc and silver as components. This battery produced a steady electric current.
  • Ethanol Makes An Appearance

    Ethanol Makes An Appearance
    Samuel Morey developed an engine that ran only on ethanol and turpentine.
  • OIL!

    Edwin Drake is deemed to be the first to drill for oil in the United States, a fuel that continous to power most of our cars, and our country.
  • The Lightbulb

    The Lightbulb
    Thomas Edison, in 1879, was able to produce (using lower current electricity, a small carbonized filament, and an improved vacuum inside the globe) the first, practical, light bulb.
  • Geothermal

    The world's first commericial geothermal power plant was built in 1911, at the Larderello dry steam field, powering many areas.
  • Solar Power Is Born

    Solar Power Is Born
    Russel Ohl was credited, on this day, for inventing the first modern solar cell.

    On this day, the first Nuclear Power Plant became operational (just outside of Moscow,) powering many homes, and a sign of things to come.
  • Solar... CARS?

    Solar... CARS?
    William Cobb (GM) invented the first solar powered car, the fifteen inch "sunmobile," which ran completely on Solar Power.