Collection area: Energy & Mining

Mining and metallurgy, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering were the strong pillars of industry when the museum was founded at the start of the 20th century. The large objects of these groups, such as the hydroelectric generation set of the Ruetz Power Station in Tyrol, as well as the demonstration mine, still leave their mark on the profile of the historical collections from the second half of the 19th century. A new focus of the work of the collections is renewable energy.

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  • Jellineks Rettungstornister

    Jellinek’s first-aid kit for electrical accidents

    During the First World War, electricity was used not just as drive energy, but also as a weapon. Once placed under high-voltage current, wire fences in front of trenches became insurmountable obstacles for enemy soldiers attempting to storm the position.

Electrical Engineering
  • FA-114180

    Alliance machine

    Fiat Lux! The strong light of the arc lamp was used for lighthouses and military purposes.

  • FA-123448

    Cut-away Maxon motor RE 16

    Small but mighty! There is a wide range of possible uses for DC motors, not just in space.

  • FA-123354

    Egger electric motor

    When men of God build machines, Part 2: Martin Egger failed with his electric motor, which was never built.

  • FA-123527

    Gramme dynamo

    From the World Exhibition to Berndorf: cutlery was plated and streets lit by use of the dynamo.

  • FA-123352

    Mercury-arc rectifier

    Mercury-arc rectifiers were used until around 1960 for the rectification of high outputs. This model arrived at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) in 1929, after being honoured at the World Exhibition in Barcelona.

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    Model of the Zwentendorf nuclear power station

    The Zwentendorf nuclear power station is the only one in the world that was never connected to the grid after completion. In a referendum in 1978, a slight majority was against its commissioning.

  • FA-123637

    SF6 high-voltage switching station

    The space-saving miracle: at the end of the 1990s, the SF6 high-voltage switching station was the smallest 123-kV switching station in the world.

  • Trafo von der Firma BARTH

    Three-phase dry-type transformer, type DTG 40/20

    Transformers are used to adjust electrical voltage levels. This is so that electrical appliances can be operated properly, but also to be able to generate high voltages.

  • FA-121778

    Turbine and generator from the Ruetz power station

    No smoking please: The Ruetz power station provided the current for the locomotives of the electric Mittenwald railway.

Mechanical Engineering
  • FA-123489

    Corn mill (Retz windmill)

    A little bit of Holland in the Weinviertel: this model belonging to the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) shows a windmill from Retz in Lower Austria that is well worth seeing.

  • FA-120427

    Cut-away model of two water-column machines

    Why boil water when it will work without steam? Water-column machines work in a similar manner to steam engines.

  • FA-108027

    First (commercially-used) Kaplan turbine

    In 1913, Viktor Kaplan's turbine received Austrian patent no. 74244. The rotor, similar to a propeller, with its adjustable blades, is the main feature of this vertical-axis turbine.

  • FA-109591

    Model of an obelisk

    On the request of Pope Sixtus V, the obelisk was moved in 1586 in a meticulously detailed operation from the Circus Maximus to St. Peter's Square in Rome.

  • FA-123520

    Model of an overshot waterwheel

    From teaching room to museum: overshot waterwheels have been known in Europe since the Middle Ages. Mill building was for many years determined by the experience and traditions of craftsmen.

  • FA-123525

    Petrol engine by Siegfried Marcus

    Who invented the car? Don't worry, the tiresome question of paternity is not about to be readdressed. If Siegfried Marcus had really wanted to invent the car, it would certainly have turned out more elegantly.

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    This is an Austrian development in small-scale hydroelectric power that adopts a different approach to massive interventions in the river landscape combined with high investment costs.

  • FA-116148

    The fire engine of Fischer von Erlach

    A successful transfer of technology saved the Habsburg state from bankruptcy: the steam engine replaced overloaded waterwheels in the battle against pit water.

  • FA-117483

    The first diesel engine built in Austria

    The rather different engine: for his engine, Rudolf Diesel first developed a scientific theory, which he then put into practice.

  • FA-108026

    Tubular boiler

    Munich sends greetings to Vienna: ‘Just like the cloak of St. Martin,’ this Alban tubular boiler has been divided between the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) and the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

  • FA-116804

    ‘Alpine Miner’ F-6A part-face heading machine

    The F6-A Alpine Miner of the Österreichisch-Alpine Montangesellschaft in Zeltweg was used in Wolfsegg Traunthaler Kohlewerks AG works for mining Upper Austrian lignite.

  • Copper processing plant

    Copper ore was mined in Mühlbach am Hochkönig until 1977. Before the actual smelting, the ore has to be broken up and the base rock separated out.

  • FA-116785

    Disk shearer, EDW 150-2L

    More than 1,000 tonnes of coal in one shift. Full mechanisation was achieved in Austrian coal mining in the 1970s through the use of the disk shearer.

  • FA-123531

    Fleissner coal-drying plant

    Drying with steam – a paradoxical way to dry coal. When rough coal contains too much water, it is dried using saturated steam.

  • FA-108014

    Linz-Donawitz converter

    A witness to the ‘Wirtschaftswunder’! The Linz-Donawitz converter in the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) is witness to technical progress in Austria.

  • FA-123423

    Model of a bucket-wheel excavator

    A sandpit dream made steely reality: in the VABE 700, there is some impressive technology hiding behind the name of ‘compact bucket-wheel excavator’.

  • FA-117835

    Model of a stuckofen

    Friede den Hütten (peace to the smelters)! Have you ever wondered why imposing blast furnace plants or steel works are simply called ‘Hütten’ (‘huts’) in German? Smelting furnaces were placed in a hut to protect them against the weather. 

  • FA-116662_Modell einer Tiefbohranlage Rapid

    Model of a System Rapid deep-well drilling installation

    Already before the turn of the century, drilling installations were developed for the crude-oil areas of the Austrian province of Galicia, which reached deposits of crude oil up to 2,000 metres below ground.

  • FA-109569
  • 95557-000_1406332 Statuette Hl. Barbara

    Saint Barbara on duty

    The question of whether or not to believe does not even enter into it. To this day Saint Barbara is on duty at numerous oil exploration sites as the patron saint of miners – admittedly only in countries with a Christian tradition.

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