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Hydrogen and Oxygen Semi-Conductors!

This is because new technology has enabled power losses over long distances to be less with DC than with AC. Moreover, because only two conductors are needed, the manufacturing of a DC line is still about a third cheaper than the cost of an Alternate Current line. Engagingly interested, almost 120 years ago Thomas Edison made a similar statement, claiming that AC transmission lines with their required three conductors, were far more expensive than Direct Current  lines! It should also be noted that a number of futuristic and socially conscious engineers anxiously anticipate the day when clean renewable energy from such sources as nuclear fusion, solar voltaics and artificial photosynthesis!



These engineers figured that such energy sources are capable of producing pure hydrogen and oxygen, semi-conductors, cold fusion, and wireless transmission became a reality. Any so called conflict that may have existed between AC and DC current will then certainly dissolve and annihilate mankind's current dependency upon corporate AC grids thereby, eliminating our continuous need to feed them with shaky Middle Eastern sources!

Direct Current vs. Alternating Current !

Thomas Edison's initial belief in the value of both AC and DC, and in generating on site DC power with electro-chemicals and other non dynamo sources. Also, the very strong affect the brilliant British scientist Lord Kelvin had upon influencing Thomas Edison to focus upon DC power vs. AC power like many other scientists Lord Kelvin ultimately jumped ship ten years later.  Attending an AC exhibit at the Chicago Exposition Kelvin changed his mind and gave his full support to AC. Considering the rapidly developing state of today's technology, it would be interesting to know what his position would be on these matters today. When Thomas Edison's son, Charles, made a commemorative visit to Brockton in 1958. Charles Edison while in Massachusetts he was asked if the persistent local legend that his father never actually intended to use overhead wiring in Brockton in the first place was true. The enquiry was rooted in the fact that Thomas Edison was extremely disappointed with financier!

Conservation And Aesthetics!

Thomas Edison became disenchanted when the financiers of the Brockton project reneged on their original agreement to assume all costs associated with burying the wires. The story goes that, because Edison did not want to set a precedent of paying for something he had not agreed to pay for in the first place. Instead he fabricated a bold scheme in taking advantage of the community's renowned concerns

regarding conservation and aesthetics. In particular, the late summer of 1883 a month before the cut-off date for effecting the Massachusetts plant he regimented two of his linesmen to make perceptible trips right through the town that gave the impression that they were contemplating on cutting down trees or they was going the performed an ornamentation of the trees! Nonesuch, those beautiful trees was used for hanging the necessary electric wiring for the project in hand. Thomas Edison made sure of giving an assurance that the Brockton's citizens would not be too alarmed by the prospect of above ground electric wires as several tree branches was chalk marked with the letter 'T' for tough and 'E' for easy!"




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