This weeks Friday cabling fun facts were going to be looking at the 2 largest blackouts ever and how hydropower reuses the same water over and over again.
1. The clock on the microwave actually consumes more energy than the heating function.
2. Did you know that hydropower is created by water and the electrical companies are able to pump the same water up a hill and produce even more electricity. This cycle typically has 80% efficiency and enables hydropower companies to continually store large amounts of renewable power.
3. The largest blackout ever recorded was in India in 2012. This blackout caused more than 620 million people to lose power. India also holds the record for 2nd biggest blackout in 2001, which caused 230 million people to lose power.
4. In the 1960s the Quebec municipal government bought out all the private power companies. This enabled the government to supply reliable and affordable energy to all of its citizens. Today Quebec offer some of the cheapest electricity rates in North America.
5. In 1746 200 monks conducted an electrical experiment. This experiment had the monks form a 1.6km circle and attached them all together using an iron wire. The wire then had electricity pass through it, which shocked everyone at the same time. This experiment led to early discoveries proving that electricity was extremely fast.
6. The term Electrocute is a combination of the words “electro” and “execute”. The definition of this word actually means to die by electricity.