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Issue 4 • Date Dec. 1988

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  • Thomas Edison as a manager of R&D: the case of the alkaline storage battery, 1898-1915

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):4 - 12
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    From 1898 to 1915, Thomas Edison devoted the resources of his laboratory in the US to developing an alkaline storage battery. Initially, Edison intended that this battery would be used in electric automobiles, but technical problems prevented him from introducing his battery before this market disappeared. It is argued that in the course of this invention Edison modified his style and approach. In... View full abstract»

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  • Otherwise a mere clod: California rural electrification

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):13 - 19
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    Rural electrification reached a highly developed stage in California by the mid-1920s. Farmers tried hydroelectric power, early power companies saw and exploited rural profit potentials, and farming interests assisted in developing the rural market. Elsewhere in the nation, electricity remained an urban phenomenon well into the 1940s. An explanation is given of how and why California accomplished ... View full abstract»

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  • Power politics

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):20 - 27
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    An overview is presented of the influence of social forces on technological change, based on the experiences involved in the establishment of the Pennsylvania-New Jersey Interconnection (PNJ), the first 220-kV transmission system between independent companies in the US that was established in 1927. None of the precursor efforts-federal, state, or private-were able to develop a politically acceptab... View full abstract»

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