Thomas Edison Essay

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Lien 1Marco LienMs. WilsonWriting INovember 6, 2013Thomas EdisonThomas Alva Edison was one of the most prolific and contributive entrepreneurs in the American history. He invented a multitude of useful items, such as the light bulb and phonograph etc. Without a light bulb at night, we wouldn't be able to see. Thomas's innovative ideas led us to live a comfortable life, but there were many failures when he was experimenting. Instead of giving up, he changed new strategy of making his inventions to work.Thomas Edison was most well-known for his invention of light bulb. At that time, light bulb was an often unreliable because it couldn't last for a long time. In addition, the light bulb was ...view middle of the document...

"He boldly announced that he would invent a safe, mild and inexpensive electric light that would replace the gaslight" (Thomas Alva Edison 1)."Before Edison could make his millions, every one of these elements had to be invented and then, through careful trial and error, developed into practical, reproducible components. The first public demonstration of the Thomas Edison's incandescent lighting system was in December 1879, when the Menlo Park laboratory complex was electrically lighted. Edison spent the next several years creating the electric industry.The modern electric utility industry began in the 1880s. It evolved from gas and electric carbon-arc commercial and street lighting systems. On September 4, 1882, the first commercial power station, located on Pearl Street in lower Manhattan, went into operation providing light and electricity power to customers in a one square mile area; the electric age had begun. Thomas Edison's Pearl Street electricity generating station introduced four key elements of a modern electric utility system. It featured reliable central generation, efficient distribution, a successful end use (in 1882, the light bulb), and a competitive price. A model of efficiency for its time, Pearl Street used one-third the fuel of its predecessors, burning about 10 pounds of coal per kilowatt hour, a "heat rate" equivalent of about 138,000 Btu per kilowatt hour. Initially the Pearl Street utility served 59 customers for about 24 cents per kilowatt hour. In the late 1880s, power demand for electric motors brought the industry from mainly nighttime lighting to 24-hour service and dramatically raised electricity demand for transportation and industry needs. By the end of the 1880s, small central stations dotted many U.S. cities; each was limited to a few blocks area...

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