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    Here at NLT Electrical we are into all things electricity. From electrical systems, electric solutions and how the future is electric. You may already know some of the facts below, some you may not, but all are interesting and could even come in handy one day.

    A brief history

    Since the discovery of static electricity in 1752 by Benjamin Frankin, it is hard to imagine a world without it. This discovery started the electrical movement and changed the World forever. Phones, TVs, the very infrastructure of the World, relies on something we can’t see, smell or hear.

    • Volts are named after the Italian scientist, Alessandro Volta, who conducted an experiment with paper, salt water, zinc and copper, creating the first electric current.
    • The first electric car was built in 1891 by William Morrison, an American inventor.
    • Mosley Street, in Newcastle upon Tyne, was the first in the World to be lit by electric light bulbs.

    Facts about electricity

    • Electricity travels at the speed of light, roughly 300,000 kilometres per second. That’s 671,080,888 mph!
    • A police taser delivers 50,000 volts.
    • A bolt of lightning can measure up to 3,000,000 volts and lasts less than a second.
    • It can take as little as 0.05 amps to kill. Most UK homes have a 100 – 200-amp electrical service.
    Lightning bolt in purple moody sky

    Electricity at home

    • LED light bulbs use one-sixth the electricity that conventional bulbs do, are around 75% cheaper to use, and last roughly 40 times longer.
    • The average microwave uses more electricity powering the digital clock than it does heating food.
    • Appliances use electricity when they’re switched off. A desktop computer uses at 80 watts when switched off.
    • Modern appliances are much more efficient. A fridge built 30 years ago would use 4 times as much electricity as one built today.
    Digital clock on microwave

    Are animals electric?

    • In some species of fish certain muscle cells have evolved over millions of years into cells called electrocytes, to help them detect animals and obstacles in the dark.
    • A platypus’ bill is covered in nearly 40,000 electricity sensors, helping them find prey.
    • An electric eel can deliver a shock of up to 600 volts.
    • Geckos use the difference in electrostatic forces between their toe-pads and the wall to help them stick.

    Electricity is not trivial…but here is some trivia

    • Electricity can be made from cheese. Albertville in France, adds bacteria to un-used whey to create a biogas. This gas is fed into an engine which heats water, generating electricity.
    • It would take roughly 648 AA batteries to power a human for a day. Based on 1 calorie = 4.2 Joules.

    The future of electricity

    • Electricity is being used to power vehicles and there are now around 280,000 EV’s on the road in the UK.
    • Renewable sources such as solar, wind and water are being used to generate electricity, cutting down on burning fossil fuels.
    • Research funded by DAPRA and working with Stanford Universty has developed technology that uses high-energy electrons emitted from nuclear by-products to create electricity.
    Windmills on field landscape

    Hopefully these facts about electricity interest you as much as they do us. Did we miss something? If you have any interesting facts that you want to share, comment below or get in touch, we love to hear from people as enthusiastic as us.

    Posted on 22nd July 2021