Today, we take electricity for granted. But at the end of the 1800s, it was new and exciting. Electricity generation caused a revolution in steam power. Earlier steam engines evolved slowly, but Charles Parsons' new steam turbine went from prototype to production in less than ten years.
Steam turbines formed the heart of a new electricity generating network that we still rely on today. Whether the steam is generated using coal, gas, oil, nuclear reaction or any other method, steam turbines still deliver 75% of our power needs at home and at work.