The Invention of the Electrical Grid

By: Dusty Arlia
Published on December 4, 2011
Last Updated on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:48 PM
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The electrical grid was theorized and developed by Thomas Edison. Edison came across the idea for an electrical grid while visiting William Wallace's factory in Connecticut on September 8th, 1878. Up until this point the 31 year old Thomas Edison was developing electrical devices for uses other than producing light. But when Edison visited Wallace's factory he saw a device that was a dynamo - an electrical generator - connected to an electrode. When the electricity flowed to this electrode, it jumped a small gap of air to another electrode creating what looked like a miniature lightning bolt. After seeing this Edison would go on to start the construction of what we know today as our electrical grid.

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