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Timeline of Harnessing Energy

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    10 things in the History of Energy

  • First Steam Turbine

    First Steam Turbine
    Giovanni Branca an italian engineer invents the first steam turbine
  • Lightning Test

    Lightning Test
    Ben franklin was trying to figure out if lightning really was electricity and he did so by flying a kite in a thunder storm with a key on the string
  • First Natural Gas Well

    First Natural Gas Well
    William Hart dug the first well specifically to produce natural gas in the United States in the Village of Fredonia on the banks of Canadaway Creek in Chautauqua County, New York
  • First Electric Motor

    First Electric Motor
    Michael Farady makes the very first electric motor
  • First Oil Well

    First Oil Well
    One of the first successful oil wells that was drilled for the sole purpose of finding oil. Named the "Drake Well"
  • Light Bulb

    Light Bulb
    Thomas Edison invented the first commercially practical incandescent light
  • AC Electricity

    AC Electricity
    Nikola Tesla invented the first alternating current electrical supply system
  • First Silicon Solar Collector

    First Silicon Solar Collector
    First solar panel made by Chaplin, Fuller, Pearson
  • First Nuclear Power Plant

    First Nuclear Power Plant
    the USSR's Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant became the world's first nuclear power plant to generate electricity for a power grid, and produced around 5 megawatts of electric power
  • First Ethanol Plant

    First Ethanol Plant
    In Canada the first Ethanol Plant was made to supply electricty