This low-head operating plant is representative of nineteenth-century hydropower-plant practice using many small turbines in contrast to twentieth-century use of few large turbines and generators. Its 40,000 horsepower capacity made it the largest in the country using turbines of American design (McCormick-Francis). The contemporary and larger Niagara installation used turbines of French design (Fourneyron). The entrepreneur of this plant was Francis Clergue, a lawyer, who employed as his chief engineer Hans A.E. von Schon, a German immigrant who had served with the U.S.
Society: ASMEMain Category: Electric, MechanicalSub Category: WaterEra: 1900-1909DateCreated: 1902Michigan-Lake Superior Power Hydroelectric PlantSaulte Sainte MarieState: MICountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-a-l/electric-power-production-water/-61-michigan-lake-superior-power-hydroelectric-pla, https://www.asme.org/getmedia/9a6fbefb-8d74-4a9d-aaec-f5838421d7e4/61-Michigan-Lake-Superior-Plant.aspxCreator: Clergue, Francis, von Schon, Hans A.E.
YearAdded:Image Credit: Courtesy ASMEEra_date_from: 1902