Heavy Current Electricity in the United Kingdom

Heavy Current Electricity in the United Kingdom

History and Development

1st Edition - January 1, 1979

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  • Author: Christopher Hinton
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160207

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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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 88
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1979
  • Published: January 1, 1979
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160207

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Christopher Hinton

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