Hy­dro­elec­tric power (1870)

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A Vic­to­rian in­ven­tor who de­vised the mech­a­nism that moves Lon­don Bridge also came up with hy­dro­elec­tric power, al­though not on the vast scale of the dams that cur­rently pro­vide 1.8 per cent of Bri­tain’s power sup­ply. Wil­liam Arm­strong thought up the idea of hy­draulic en­ergy gen­er­a­tion while trout fish­ing in the Dee in Scotland – re­al­is­ing that much of the power was be­ing wasted. He built a house pow­ered by hy­draulics and hy­dro­elec­tric­ity, Crag­side, in Northum­ber­land, which fea­tured a ro­tat­ing elec­tric spit, elec­tric light­ing and a hy­draulic lift. It was con­sid­ered the world’s first hy­dro­elec­tric plant, and the power was ini­tially used for one arc lamp.

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