During the industrialisation, power plants supplied individual areas or factories with energy. Since the 18th century, coal has been used for energy generation, leading to the development of steam engines, railways and later on also combustion engines. Power stations were set up to supply limited areas with energy, each of them delivering driving power, gas or electricity to one factory or region.
In the 20th century, the providers and users of energy are extensively networked. Petroleum, natural gas and uranium are used alongside the traditional sources of energy. As a universal form of energy, electricity is gaining tremendous importance. Extensive networks, such as the electricity and gas supply network or the petrol station network, are being set up for the provision and use of energy.
As far as the future is concerned, we are now facing the question of how to supply all people with clean energy in a sustainable, i.e. climate-neutral, resource-efficient and eco-friendly, manner. Corresponding solutions are already available.
Just plug it in and it all works. Many everyday items would be useless without electricity! But what was it like in former times? Who did all the work and how did machines function without electricity?
Rolling, flying or standing - huge, tiny, ancient or new - fully, partly or not at all functional - the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology) showcases a great variety of exhibits. They are materialised stories that are still on our minds today. They tell history - and made history.
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