Lester Pelton and the Pelton water wheel

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    Authors & editors

    Lescohier, Roger P [Author]

    Publisher The author
    Year of publication 1992

    Medium Book

    Energy & power > Water power
    People and communities > Biographies & tributes


    Scope & contentLargely biographical account of Pelton (1829-1908) and his invention. Popular in the gold mines of California

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    Accession no. 231870

    • Shelf location: F420
    • Donor: Nick Kelly
    • Notes: Contains a letter from Nick Kelly to Ron Cookson (2005) which states:

      The wheels were in use in the mines which eventaully closed in the 1950s.

      Water-power was preferred to steam as there was no good steam coal avaialble.

      The local power company still uses Pelton wheels to generate electricity as they are better suited to laocal conditions than turbines.