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Faure Accumulator Co

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of Telegraph St, London EC

1881 William Thomson wrote to The Times extolling the virtues of the Faure Accumulator which should be able to power the lights in a house for 6 hours without running a generator[1].

1882 Public company incorporated[2] to acquire all the patents owned by the Societe la Force et la Lumiere for the UK. Radcliffe Ward was the electrical engineer; Camille Faure and William Edward Ayrton would be consulting electrical engineers to the company. William Thompson's support for the Faure accumulator was reported in the prospectus[3]. Although said to have been founded by Sir William Thomson and others[4], Thomson did not appear to have a formal role in the company.

1882-3 William Edward Ayrton and John Perry were consultant engineers to the company.

1882 Patent lawsuit anticipated between Electrical Power Storage Co and Faure Accumulator Co[5].

1883 The capabilities of the Faure accumulator were found to be less attractive in practical application. A development, the Faure-Sellon-Volckmar accumulator, was said to resolve these problems. It seemed accumulators were moving towards the improved Plante type[6].

1883 The Electrical Power Storage Co had acquired the Faure accumulator patent[7].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jun 09, 1881
  2. The Times, Mar 01, 1882
  3. The Times, Mar 01, 1882
  4. Biography of William Ayrton, ODNB [1]
  5. The Graphic 27 May 1882
  6. The Times, Mar 14, 1883
  7. The Times, Mar 22, 1883