Hydroelectric turbine, 19th century

Hydroelectric turbine, 19th century

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Caption: Hydroelectric turbine, 19th-century artwork. This turbine is part of the hydroelectric power station built from 1895 on the US side of Niagara Falls. This was the first major power station built here. The turbine was designed by the French engineer Benoit Fourneyron (1802-1867), and it had two sets of horizontal blades. Fourneyron's turbine was capable of over 2000 rotations per minute, generating some 45 kilowatts of power from the thousands of gallons of water passing through every minute. Artwork from the 18th volume (second period of 1896) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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