Historical Energy Events (5.8 Timeline)

  • The Electric Motor

    The Electric Motor
    The first electric motor was invented by Michael Faraday. No Specific Date.
  • 1st Fuel Cell

    1st Fuel Cell
    The first fuel cell was invented by Sir William Robert Grove who was a Welsh judge, inventor, and physicist. No Specific Date.
  • The Lightbulb

    The Lightbulb
    Thomas Edison demonstrates his incandescent lamp inMenlo Park, New Jersey and perfects it for commercial use.
  • Hydroelectric Power

    Hydroelectric Power
    The first U.S. hydroelectric power plant opened on the Fox River near Appleton, Wisconsin,.
  • Wind Power

    Wind Power
    A Danish scientist, Poul la Cour, constructed wind turbines to generate electricity. No Specific Date.
  • Geothermal Power

    Geothermal Power
    The first geothermal power generator was tested on July 4, 1904 in Italy. Later in 1913, the first dry steam geothermal plant was built in the same location. It now provides power to 1 million households
  • Oil Dependence

    Oil Dependence
    Oil became the most used energy source in the United States.
  • Solar Power

    Solar Power
    Calvin Fuller, Gerald Pearson and Daryl Chaplin of Bell Laboratories accidentally discovered the use of silicon as a semi-conductor, which led to the construction of a solar panel with an efficiency rate of 6%. No Specific Date.
  • Nuclear Power

    Nuclear Power
    The United States opened its first nuclear power plant.
  • First Wind Farm

    First Wind Farm
    The first U.S. wind farm was established in New Hampshire.