Fisk Street Station, steam turbine, Chicago, c. 1907
Image 44191f, Electricity & Modern Physics Collection
National Museum of American History
copyright, Smithsonian Institution
In 1902, Samuel Insull (Edison's former secretary) convinced a reluctant GE to manufacture a 5MW turbine-generator unit for Chicago Edison's Fisk Street Station. Larger by 2MW than GE's stock units, there was strong doubt in the company about the wisdom of Insull's order. Despite these doubts, the 5MW unit began successful operation in this power-house in 1903.
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