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|The availability of motive power and energy was (and still is) a key factor for economic and industrial development.
From the moment one is not anymore producing flour for its own family, one needs to use larger and heavier millstones, to be moved by more power than one's hands and arms: a tredmill, the power of wind and water moving a mill. The first textile mills were situated in the countryside, on a river using its hydropower to drive mule jennies, waterframes, self actors and looms.
Water was pumped from mines using tredmills and watermills. But as shafts became deeper a stronger power was needed, solved by the fire engines of Newcomen, later the steam engines of James Watt.
The 19th century became the century of steam.
But from the second half and the end of that century other sources of energy came into play, which had to solve the problems of the steam engine and the rising cost of the coal: hot air, petrol and diesel engines, electricity. Electricity changed the life of mankind, used for driving machinery in mills, lighting of streets and homes, heating, communication,... At the beginning of the 20th century even the speed record was broken by an electrically driven car
ON THE PROGRAM
- 17-18 March: steam engine weekend
volunteers, associations, collections and museums in different countries are proud of their steam engines. The show it to the public, in working condition or how they are restoring or planning to restore it.
If you want to join - send us the registration form
Volunteers in The Netherlands restoring and testing their steam engine.
They will wellcome you on March 17-18th 2018
>>> GO TO THE PROGRAMME OF THE STEAM WEEKEND
(this page will be available from mid January)
OTHER ACTIVITIES PER COUNTRY: OTHER SOURCES OF ENERGY
- Here you will find after January 15th a list of activitites - for a general agenda of industrial events see the European industrial heritage calendar or the general list of events by country
- Register your events - send us the registration form