|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||>>> see programme|
|steam engines in many countries open to the public|
- OTHER SOURCES OF ENERGY BY COUNTRY
|BELGIUM||Izegem||Open door and guided visit in the former town power station|
|BELGIUM||Westerlo||Open door on sundays in the Bedder-windmill|
|BELGIUM||Lille||Two mills open to the public|
|FRANCE||Gréasque||La mine et les énergies. Les énergies et la mine|
|FRANCE||Lyon||Journée porte-ouverte à l'usine hydro-électrique de Cusset|
|FRANCE||Lyon||La pompe de Cornouailles / The Cornish engine of the pumping station|
|NETHERLANDS||Stramproy||Open door and guided visits in the Broekmolen|
|SPAIN||Málaga||Taller máquinas térmicas - Workshop on thermic engines|
|SPAIN||Málaga||Visita Central Térmica del ParqueTecnológico - the power station|
For this theme month YOU still can register YOUR events, if taking place the second half of March (March 15th-31st)
- go to the general page of the theme months, download the questionnaires, complete them and send them back tio the secretariat as soon as possible and not later than the 1st of March
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