Studies on the feasibility of building a hydro plant in the site were initiated in 1893. The increasing need for power that was cheaper and easily adapted to mine underground use drove the Lota coal mine company to develop a study of alternatives for this purpose. Engineer William E. Raby traveled to the United States and Europe to assess the use of electricity generation and transmission. The availability of the Chivilingo hydro resources arose as a better alternative to a steam plant.
Raby, William E.
Society: IEEEMain Category: ElectricSub Category: AstronomyEra: 1890-1899DateCreated: 1897LotaCountry: ChileWebsite: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:Chivilingo_Hydroelectric_Plant,_1897Creator: Raby, William E.
YearAdded:Image Credit: Courtesy Wikicommons/B.diaz.cEra_date_from: 1897