Heavy Current Electricity in the United Kingdom - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080232461, 9781483160207

Heavy Current Electricity in the United Kingdom

1st Edition

History and Development

Authors: Christopher Hinton
eBook ISBN: 9781483160207
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1979
Page Count: 88
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Heavy Current Electricity in the United Kingdom: History and Development focuses on the history and development of the electricity supply industry in the United Kingdom. The laws passed by Parliament, including those governing gas or other public companies supplying light by electricity, are considered, along with the nationalization of the electric power industry. This book consists of six chapters and opens with a discussion on Michael Faraday's discovery of electromagnetic induction that paved the way for the development of electric power, along with some major engineering achievements that contributed to advances in electricity generation. The next chapter looks at some of the laws enacted in Britain to regulate the use of electricity, including the Public Health Act of 1875 and the Gas Act of 1847. The debate over the merits of direct current vs. alternating current is also examined, together with attempts to remove legislative restrictions regarding the supply of electricity; Thomas Edison's establishment of Electric Light Company in America; and the emergence of the British manufacturing industry. The final chapter is devoted to the nationalization of the British electricity industry and the role played by the Central Electricity Board.
This monograph will be of interest to energy policymakers as well as those in the electricity industry.

Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1 Pre-History The Epoch-Making Discovery The Years of Engineering Leadership The Scientist Becomes the Pioneer Electricity is Put to Work Chapter 2 The Need for Legislation The Playfair Committee The Merits and Shortcomings of Electric Light and the Decision of the Play Fair Committee Edison and Swan Change the Picture-The Act of 1882 Major Marindin Fails to Arbitrate Chapter 3 The Battle between the Systems Grosvenor Gallery and Deptford Ferranti-an Assessment A Multiplicity of Small Systems Development, Thoughtless of the Environment Parsons Wins the Battle for Alternating Current An Assessment of British Performance Up to 1900 Chapter 4 The Attempts to Remove Legislative Shackles The First World War and the Williamson Committee Old Willie Weir Points the Way John Nicol Dunlop and the First World Energy Conference The Reasons Why Why these Reasons Prevailed Chapter 5 Today's British Electrical Industry Edison's Drive and Foresight The Build-up of The British Manufacturing Industry The Failure of the Attempt to Integrate the Manufacturing Industry The Central Electricity Board-Its Strength and Its Weakness Government Direction in the Second World War and after Chapter 6 Nationalization The Frightening Difficulties of the Newly Formed Board The Shackles are Removed Index


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