Parsons steam turbine generator, 1889.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Parsons steam turbine generator, 1889.

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This steam turbine was developed to generate large amounts of electricity. The Irish engineer, Sir Charles Parsons (1854-1931), used the energy of high- presure steam at 200 centigrade to run the turbine. Turning 4,000 times a minute, the turbine produced 100,000 joules of electrical energy every second.

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