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Key Historical Energy Events

  • Ben Franklin-lightning

    Ben Franklin-lightning
    By using a key and a kite in a lightning storms, Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning was actually static electricity.
  • Steam Engine

    Steam Engine
    James Watt of England invents the steam engine which jump starts the Industrial Revolution in England and consequently America.
  • Bioelectricity

    Luigi Aloisio Galvani made advances in bioelectricity which helps us understand the nervous system.
  • Internal Combustion Engine

    Internal Combustion Engine
    The first internal combustion engine used for industry was patented by Samuel Brown.
  • Telegraph

    Samuel Morse invents the telegraph which allows for incredible easy of communication through his invention, Morse Code. The messages could be submitted through a wire.
  • Fuel Cell

    Fuel Cell
    Fuel cells, which produce energy by combining hydrogen and oxygen, are created by SIr William Robert Grove.
  • Windmills

    Charles Brush of Cleveland, OH buiilds the first windmill used for electricity. It was 17 metres tall and used 144 cedar rotor blades. It had a capacity of 12 kilowatts.
  • Becquerel-solar power

    Becquerel-solar power
    Henri Becquerel uses an electrolyic cell to observe solar energy.
  • Power Plants

    Power Plants
    Piero Ginori Conti sets up the first geothermal electric power plant; one of the first examples of alternative energy.
  • Ruby Laser

    Ruby Laser
    Theodore Maiman creates the first successful light laser; the ruby laser.