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

Heavy Current Electricity in the United Kingdom

1st Edition

History and Development

Author: 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


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



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