History of Sustainability

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  • Period: Jan 1, 600 to

    History of Sustainablity

    Here you can find the history of alternavitive and sustainable energy from pre-modern to just couple of years ago.
  • Jan 1, 644

    Ancient Perisan Windtowers

    Ancient Perisan Windtowers
    The Persian windtower is an architectual element that was used in many different towns and cities, keeping homes at a consistent comfortable temperature. Living in the desert, there are many different temperatures throughout the day. The wind tower served as an innovative, energy saving, cooling system. In the wind tower, there are 2-8 openings on the top of the wind tower to catch breezes from all directions
  • Jan 1, 1100

    Persian Windmills used all around Europe

    Wind towers, first used in Persia, are being used to grind grain and pump water from mills.
  • The Dutch make mulit-purpose windmills

    The Dutch make mulit-purpose windmills
    The Dutch created a multipurpose to serve most needs, and made jobs easier for their citizens. The multipurpose windmills ground grain, pumped water, extracted oils from seeds, produced paper, and cut timber.
  • The Solar Oven

    The Solar Oven
    In 1767, Horace de Saussure, a Swiss physicist, invented the solar oven. The solar oven uses suinlight to cook meals and drinks. Also, the solar oven is efficient for the environemnt because it relies on sunlight as power and no fuel is needed.
  • The First Hydrogen Fuel

    The First Hydrogen Fuel
    In 1838 the process of creating hydrogen fuel is found by William Grove. Hydrogen is an alternative fuel source with zero emissions. The energy is created when hydrogen is burned with water.
  • Pumping Tools: The Windmill

    Pumping Tools: The Windmill
    In the 19th century, the windmill , becomes a popular tool used by farmers and towns alike. Farmers were able to grind grain at a faster rate. Towns were able to pump water from an natural source like a lake, or river.
  • French Solar Energy

    French Solar Energy
    In 1860, one of the first solar plants is opened in France. This plant mainly focused on the research and exploration of solar energy and its attributes.
  • The Selenium Solar Cell

    The Selenium Solar Cell
    Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell discovered the selenium solar cell. Maxwell also discovered that the selenium solar cell made a more efficient solar cell. Using the selenium solar cell made a faster electricity flow, which remain consistent. James Clerk Maxwell said the selenium cell "increases according to the intensity or light."
  • The Fox River Plant

    The Fox River Plant
    On September 30th, the first commerical hydroelectric plant began operation on the Fox River. the hydroelectric plant was placed on Fox River because hydroelectricity means “production of power through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water.”
  • Charles Fritts Develops Working Solar Cells

    Charles Fritts Develops  Working Solar Cells
    Charles Fritts was able to create a solar cell that converted the sun rays to energy by coating semicondutor with selenium, with a thin layer of gold. This relates with The first selenium solar cell.
  • First Windmill to Generate Electrcity

    First Windmill to Generate Electrcity
  • Windmills Start to Use Steel Blades

    Windmills Start to Use Steel Blades
    Windmills begin to use steel windmills to get a higher efficiency rate to generate more electricity per cycle.
  • World's First Geothermal District Heating System

    World's First Geothermal District Heating System
    The Europeans made the first geothermal district heating system. They did this to help increase the development of geothermal technologies. The heating system distributes heat from the plant to users. The heating system is environmental friendly, economic, gets higher energy, and reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and excess heat loss.
  • First Geothermal Generator.

    First Geothermal Generator.
  • Worlds First Geothermal Plant

    Worlds First Geothermal Plant
  • First Commerical Windmills

    First Commerical Windmills
  • The Hoover Dam Opens

    The Hoover Dam Opens
    The Hoover dam was opened in 1942, it is ran by the the Buearu of Reclamation. It is encloses Lake Mead, between the border of Arizona and Nevada.
  • The First Silicon Solar Cell

    The First Silicon Solar Cell
  • U.S's First Commerical Geothermal Plant

    U.S's First Commerical Geothermal Plant
  • The Rance River Power Plant Opens

    The Rance River Power Plant Opens
  • The Geothermal Resource Council is Formed

    The Geothermal Resource Council is Formed
  • President Carter Delivers the Popular Energy Speech

    President Carter Delivers the Popular Energy Speech
  • World's First Solar Village Opens

    World's First Solar Village Opens
  • World's First Winfarm

    World's First Winfarm
  • Hydropower Research Foundation

    Hydropower Research Foundation
  • 11% of Corn Grown in America becomes Biofuel

    11% of Corn Grown in America becomes Biofuel
  • Solar Panels grow to a 40% effciency rate

    Solar Panels grow to a 40% effciency rate
  • Google's Project "Sunroof" Begins

    Google's Project "Sunroof" Begins
  • Ivanpah- The World's Largest Solar Farm Opens

    Ivanpah- The World's Largest Solar Farm Opens
  • President Obama Announces the Clean Power Plan

    President Obama Announces the Clean Power Plan