On August 14, 2003, a huge blackout took hold of the Northeastern United States. Rural areas, suburban towns, and entire dense metropolitan areas were thrown into darkness, eventually reaching more than 50 million people. Once the lights came back on, power operators discovered that the massive event had been caused by a single generator plant in Ohio.
Engineer, inventor, mad scientist – Nikola Tesla was undoubtedly one of the biggest influences to modern electricity supply systems, engineering, and electronics. Here are a few reasons why we love this man.
The systems and machines of our world depend on power electronics for the ability to run efficiently and sustainably. Power electronics is the application of solid-state electronics for the control and conversion of electric power. It applies to both the systems and products involved in converting and controlling the flow of electrical energy, allowing the electricity needed for everyday products to be delivered with maximum efficiency in the smallest and lightest package.
The comparison between AC power and DC power can be boiled down to another historic rivalry: Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Edison is the inventor supporting DC (direct current) power while Tesla is the engineer behind AC (alternating current) power.
Did you know DC (direct current) power was invented by Thomas Edison, and DC power was used in homes in the U.S. in the late 1800s? Much like AC (alternating current) today, DC power “was king” among consumers in 1887, according to sources, and there were 121 Edison power stations delivering DC electricity to customers across the nation back then.