Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant

Workmen with one of the two Westinghouse alternators used in the original 1891 Ames Hydroelectric AC power installation
Interior view, 1895 Ames powerhouse
Overall view of Ames plant, early 20th century
2010 exterior view of Ames Power Station, built 1905.

One of the first commercial system to produce and transmit alternating current (AC) electricity for industrial use and one of the first AC hydro-electric plants ever constructed.

- Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant

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Alternating current (green curve). The horizontal axis measures time (it also represents zero voltage/current) ; the vertical, current or voltage.

Alternating current

Electric current which periodically reverses direction and changes its magnitude continuously with time in contrast to direct current (DC) which flows only in one direction.

Electric current which periodically reverses direction and changes its magnitude continuously with time in contrast to direct current (DC) which flows only in one direction.

Alternating current (green curve). The horizontal axis measures time (it also represents zero voltage/current) ; the vertical, current or voltage.
A schematic representation of long distance electric power transmission. From left to right: G=generator, U=step up transformer, V=voltage at beginning of transmission line, Pt=power entering transmission line, I=current in wires, R=total resistance in wires, Pw=power lost in transmission line, Pe=power reaching the end of the transmission line,  D=step down transformer, C=consumers.
Three-phase high-voltage transmission lines use alternating currents to distribute power over long distances between electric generation plants and consumers. The lines in the picture are located in eastern Utah.
A sine wave, over one cycle (360°). The dashed line represents the root mean square (RMS) value at about 0.707.
The Hungarian "ZBD" Team (Károly Zipernowsky, Ottó Bláthy, Miksa Déri), inventors of the first high efficiency, closed-core shunt connection transformer
The prototype of the ZBD transformer on display at the Széchenyi István Memorial Exhibition, Nagycenk in Hungary
Westinghouse Early AC System 1887
(US patent 373035)

The Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant and the original Niagara Falls Adams Power Plant were among the first hydroelectric alternating current power plants.

Westinghouse Electric Corporation

American manufacturing company founded in 1886 by George Westinghouse.

American manufacturing company founded in 1886 by George Westinghouse.

George Westinghouse, founder
1888 Westinghouse brochure advertising their Alternating system
Share of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, issued March 31, 1910
1924 book on protective relays for AC and DC electrical systems by the Company
Logo designed by Paul Rand in 1959

1891 – built world's first industrial AC system (Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant)

Ophir, Colorado

Home rule municipality governed by a general assembly and is located in San Miguel County, Colorado, United States.

Home rule municipality governed by a general assembly and is located in San Miguel County, Colorado, United States.

Ophir Post Office, 2019
Ophir Loop on the Rio Grande Southern, around 1910

Ophir is located two miles from the Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant, the world's first hydroelectric plant to supply alternating current electricity for an industrial purpose (mining).

Lucien Lucius Nunn

L. L. Nunn

American entrepreneur and educator who founded Telluride House, Telluride Association and Deep Springs College.

American entrepreneur and educator who founded Telluride House, Telluride Association and Deep Springs College.

Lucien Lucius Nunn
Nunn's house in Telluride

In order to help his mining operations prosper, Nunn financed the world’s first A/C power plant used for industrial purposes (mining), the Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant.

Thomas Edison's phonograph

Timeline of electrical and electronic engineering

The following timeline tables list the discoveries and inventions in the history of electrical and electronic engineering.

The following timeline tables list the discoveries and inventions in the history of electrical and electronic engineering.

Thomas Edison's phonograph
Cinématographe camera by the Lumière brothers in 1895 (ref 86.5822) at the French Museum of Photography in Bièvres, Essonne, France
Daylygraph wire recorder

1891 – Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant

Elementary generator is an example of single-phase generators with two poles

Single-phase generator

Alternating current electrical generator that produces a single, continuously alternating voltage.

Alternating current electrical generator that produces a single, continuously alternating voltage.

Elementary generator is an example of single-phase generators with two poles
Armature of revolving armature single-phase generator with 4 windings and its output sine wave.
Single phase generator with four poles
Diagram of revolving field single-phase generator with two poles
Diagram of revolving field single-phase generator with four poles
In-conduit hydro turbine with single-phase generator at St. Louis Municipal Electric Power Plant in 1902
Pelton wheel on the left connected to single-phase generator on the right at Walchensee hydro station.
Single-phase generator driven by steam engine at St. Louis Municipal Electric Power Plant in 1902 (right)
Neckarwestheim Nuclear Power Plant

In 1891, a 3,000 volts and 133 Hz single-phase generator of 100 horsepower was installed at Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant which was belt-connected with Pelton water wheel.