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 ca. 1895 - ALTERNATING-CURRENT TRANSFORMER - long distance electric transmission development and implementation

ALTERNATING-CURRENT TRANSFORMER

E&MP 40.013

Electric Transformers

ca. 1895

1782 100 K.W. TRANS.

One of the alternating-current transformers used in the transmission system installed at Niagara Falls in 1895


Original Caption by Science Service

Additional Information:

In 1895, the Niagara Falls Power Company began placing contracts with the Westinghouse Company for long distance electric transmission development and implementation.

It included the building of transformers that could handle 1,250 horsepower and the stringing of overhead wires capable of transmitting 11,000 volts.

On November 15th 1896, the City of Buffalo joined the power grid being generated from Niagara Falls. It became the first long distance transmission of electricity for commercial purposes.

With this new success, new industry moved into the area.

Courtesy: Adams Power Station Niagara Falls New York - American Memories Collection.



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