10 Key Historical Energy Events

Events

China

2000 BC

China was the first to burn coal as source of energy

Persia

900 - 1000

Persian farmers used windmills to grind crops and pump water for their gardens

Benjamin Franklin

1749

Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod.

James Watt Steam Engine

1763 - 1775

James Watts is credited with the invention of the Improved Steam Engine. His last name is also the measurement for watts, and he coined the term "horsepower".

William Hart

1821

William Hart drilled the first natural gas well in Fredonia, New York.

Augustine Mouchot

1860

Mouchot created a steam generation system that ran solely on solar power

Thomas Edison

1882

Edison is credited with building the first ever power plant in America

Nikola Tesla

November 1895 - 1899

Nikola Tesla invented X-Ray machines and man-made lightning bolts.

Henry Ford

1908

Ford created the flex fuel Ford Model-T. A car that ran on ethanol or gasoline for fuel

John D. Grant

1921

Grant established the first geothermal plant with a drill and generator