|In 1764 James Watt (1736-1819) was commissioned to repair the model of Thomas Newcomen’s steam engine, and immediately realised that a large part of the heat was lost from the cylinder after each cycle. To minimize energy loss by heating and cooling the cylinder, he introduced the condenser and the steam jacket. By transferring the cooling process from the cylinder to a separate condenser in the Watt steam engine, the coal consumption could be reduced by over 60%. It was not until 1769 when James Watt obtained his first British patent (No. 913).|
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Press releases • Aug 16, 2019 14:47 CEST
Exactly 250 years ago the patent of James Watt's “separate condenser” was introduced. The invention improved steam engines and revolutionized the world. 50 years later, the ingenious inventor, James Watt, died. 2019 is therefore a special anniversary year and the right time to pay tribute to one of the greatest inventors of all time.