James Watt was a British chemist, mechanical engineer, and inventor who developed the first electric steam engine, FRS (Gas-Rotor Steam Engine), in 1776. Watt was originally trained in chemistry, but his main interest was in mechanics and mechanical engineering. He also developed water power, the steam engine, and was involved with the development of the gas light.
It was in 1800 when James developed a plan to build a steam engine that could run on water instead of steam, which would allow the owner to run an efficient home steam boiler. This idea became the basis for the steam-powered turbine that is still being used today. The original plan called for a large cylinder with an electric motor that would rotate. This design was similar to that of a gasoline engine, although the water flow would be used as a means of pushing a reciprocating mass.
The first attempt to use the method of moving water to power the turbine failed after some time, but the concept was not abandoned and eventually the first practical engine was designed. In addition to using water for power, James' engine was capable of producing enough power to run most domestic appliances. It is possible to operate a full set of lights and fans from an efficient engine powered by water alone.
James' idea did not gain much public attention until the middle of the nineteenth century when a man named William Stanley introduced another type of turbine that used the same principle. The new design had a cylinder, but rather than the rotating water wheel, it had a reciprocating piston that was driven by a small engine. This was much simpler, although less effective, than the original engine and was used by the United States government before it was widely publicized.
By the end of the nineteenth century, James had developed a design that was more powerful and began selling it to various companies. One of these companies was the Royal Society of Chemistry, although it was not until the late twenties that James was granted patent protection for the design.
His turbine was not a particularly efficient one, but was one that was able to produce high-quality results. The design, however, proved problematic and in a few years the turbine had been greatly improved and made available to the general public.
With the improvement of the design, it became possible to produce a turbine that could run on steam and the turbine was called the Hydro-Electric Turbine or Hydro-Diesel Engine because of the fuel that was used. Although diesel and petrol were used initially, later on, the fuel became more popular.
James made no efforts to sell his new engine outside of the UK. He eventually took over a company that manufactured steam turbines and sold them in the USA and Europe. The turbine was popularized in America and then was manufactured in large quantities for the British Army and later for the American Navy. Today, it is still used extensively in the U.S. and by the Department of Defense.
James' turbine design did have a number of limitations, as he was unable to use it to its greatest potential in the case of emergency power needs. Despite this limitation, his turbine did prove to be quite effective in emergency situations.
James was the first person to have written about how his turbine could be used for home use. A number of publications were written about how a turbine can be used to generate power for a house or a home-based business. These publications were not only helpful for people who wanted to install a home generator but also were written by people who were interested in power generation for homes and businesses.
The turbine was made even easier in the twentieth century by the discovery of nuclear fission, which made it possible to produce electricity even on a smaller scale. James' turbine was able to harness the energy produced by nuclear fission and store it in fuel cells that could be used for a long period of time.
He eventually developed a number of designs of turbines and the first commercially viable one was the Hydro-Diesel Engine. This turbine was a significant advance in the world of power generation and it became common practice to produce power for large applications with the help of a turbine.