Plante accumulator battery, 1859

Plante accumulator battery, 1859

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Caption: Plante accumulator battery. Historical illustration of the accumulator (storage) lead-acid battery designed by French physicist Gaston Plante (1834-1889). Plante is famous for inventing this lead-acid battery in 1859. It consisted of lead plates wound around a wooden cylinder, with the plates separated by a cloth and soaked in acid. If a battery was connected to this device, the charge would be accumulated and could be stored for later use. Here, the set-up is being used to power an electric arc lamp (upper centre). Artwork from 'Electricite' (1911) by Max de Nansouty, part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.

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