Energy Use in the US

  • Wind-powered sawmill

    Wind-powered sawmill
    The first wind-driven sawmill, built in 1592 in the Netherlands by Cornelis Cornelisz, was mounted on a raft to permit easy turning into the wind.
  • Steam pump

    Steam pump
    Thomas Savery patents "the Miners Friend" a machine that pumps water from coal mines; it becomes the first practical machine powered by steam.
  • Steam engine

    Steam engine
    The steam engine is perfected by James Watt. His scale model engine has a condenser that is separated from the cylinder so that the cylinder does not lose heat each time the steam condenses, resulting in a power source six-times more effective.
  • First lead-acid storage battery

    First lead-acid storage battery
    Gaston Plante in Paris invents the first lead-acid storage battery, which produces electricity from a chemical reaction and can be recharged again and again.
  • Oil pipeline

    Oil pipeline
    The first major oil pipeline to successfully transport crude petroleum was completed by Samuel Van Syckel of Titusville, Pa. It was about five miles long.
  • Fuel rationing

    Fuel rationing
    Gasoline and fuel rationing (in place because of the war efforts) ends in the United States.
  • Solar powered house

    Solar powered house
    The first completely solar heated house was occupied in Dover, Massachusetts.
  • Nuclear powered lighthouse

    Nuclear powered lighthouse
    The world's first nuclear powered lighthouse, the "Baltimore Light," on the Chesapeake Bay in Md., went into operation on this date. A 60-watt radioisotope nuclear generator, 345 inches high, weighing 4,600 pounds, supplied a continuous flow of electricity for 10 years without refueling.
  • First geothermal plant

    First geothermal plant
    UNOCAL builds the country's first flash geothermal plant, generating 10 MW at Brawley, California.
  • Oil

    Oil is struck for the first time in the Middle East at Mas jid-i-Suleiman in Persia (Iran).