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Charles Francis Brush formed both the BRUSH Electric Company in Cleveland, Ohio and also the Anglo-American BRUSH Electric Light Corporation in London, England, in 1879.
Today, the BRUSH name lives on in the BRUSH Electric companies in Loughborough, England (where manufacture was moved in 1889), Plzen in the Czech Republic and Ridderkerk in the Netherlands. BRUSH continues to supply high quality products to the electric power industries both on and offshore.
Then: BRUSH dynamo, judged number 1 by the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia in 1878. Chosen over six other prototype machines, this machine is part of the technology display in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
Now: Modern DAX 2-pole and DG 4-pole BRUSH generators are matched with more than 40 different models of gas and steam turbines – and are in service in over 100 countries.
Then: BRUSH constructed its first Transformer in 1881, at a time when the company was pioneering the electrification of towns in the USA and the UK. BRUSH Transformers has achieved many world ‘firsts’ over the years, such as the first all-British flameproof dry type mining transformer built in 1958, which has provided new safety and economical operating conditions into mining.
Now: BRUSH Transformers has developed close relationships and key partnerships with many electricity companies and the international petrochemical sector. We have contributed to rapid mining growth worldwide due to our specialism in surface and underground mining applications.
We have brought light, water and mechanical power to people in over 100 countries. Our equipment can be found in all environments; industrial and domestic, onshore and offshore and for conventional or specialized use.
Then: Charles BRUSH designed and hand- built new devices for electrical connections and control. Below is an 1892 voltage controller (regulator) for a 12kW dynamo used to charge batteries.
Now: BRUSH still produce voltage regulators and excitation power controllers to meet modern utility needs. Latest versions like the PRISMIC® A30 shown here can control generators up to 1000MW. In addition to protecting the capital plant, users’ engineers use the microprocessor technology to remotely monitor and control power flows, thereby improving efficiency of operation.
Then: In 1926, Charles BRUSH shows a turbine driven General Electric generator at the new Avon Lake Power Plant in Ohio, seen here during handover ceremonies.
Now: The first of over 100 generators manufactured for General Electric industrial gas turbine drive during 2000 on a very short cycle time. These were delivered across the USA to aid in meeting expected power shortages.
Then: BRUSH arc lights and dynamos were fitted to the British warship HMS Inflexible in 1885.
Now: When launched in 2003, Cunard Line’s newest cruise ship, the Queen Mary 2, was the heaviest, longest, tallest and widest cruise ship afloat. Also, the eighteenth cruise ship equipped with BRUSH generators for electric utility and propulsion power.
Then: 1880 Windmill in BRUSH’s Cleveland residence powered experiments, early lights, motors and charged batteries. The 60 foot diameter wooden blades connected to a dynamo generated 12kW.
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Now: BRUSH is at the forefront of new energy technologies, supplying generators rated up to 100MW for concentrated solar projects in Spain and Abu Dhabi. Mirrors focus the sun’s heat to a central collector, creating steam which drives the turbine generator.
Many of these old records can be found on history pages on the World Wide Web. Your further research on the BRUSH company founder and his many early accomplishments is encouraged. You can find records and artifacts in the Smithsonian Institute and Library of Congress and also the US Patents Office archives, all in Washington DC. The original Charles Francis BRUSH collection of historical personal and business papers and photographs are maintained for research at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio.
The following web sites may also be of interest: − http://www.lafavre.us/BRUSH/BRUSHbio.htm − http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_F._Brush − http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd745txt.htm