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Smit - The Power Of Manufacturing

In 1886, Westinghouse installed his American alternating-current network in Great Barrington. This network was hydro-powered and produced 500 Volts AC. This supplied a large network with electricity, with the voltage in the transformer varying between 100 and 3000 Volts. Competition between Edison and Westinghouse The battle between Edison and Westinghouse only really started to become heated when the authorities were looking for the best form of electricity to use in electric chairs for carrying out death sentences. The first execution (determined by penal law) took place in 1888, and both Edison and Westinghouse were against their electrical delivery system being used for executing people. Edison saw his chance to take out his competitor: he came up with a ruse that resulted in Westinghouse's alternating current being judged the best, a dubious honour, to say the least. Eventually the battle between the two came to an end in 1896. In the same year, through an alternating-current hydro-electric plant at Niagara Falls, people as far away as Buffalo were supplied with electricity. The 40 kilometres covered was an unbelievable distance in those days, and is the primary reason why alternating current is used pretty much everywhere on earth today. 3 POWER STATIONS WE CAN NO LONGER IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT POWER SUPPLY!


Smit - The Power Of Manufacturing
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