Steam power lay at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Discover steam power's historic legacy, how it works, and how much it is still used today.
- The steam engine is one of the most important technological breakthroughs.
- Steam has powered boats and trains, and played a vital role in the industrial revolution.
- Energy from steam is used to do mechanical work.
- Steam still powers turbines to produce a large amount of our electric power today.
Steam power may now seem dirty, noisy and inefficient.
But the steam engine was one of the most important technological breakthroughs of the last 300 years.
It has powered boats and trains and kick-started the industrial revolution.
There are two key parts to a steam engine.
The boiler is a pressurised container that stores …
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