The Evolution of the Battery

A little-known fact: batteries provided the main source of electricity before the development of electrical generators and electrical power grids near the end of the 19th century. See the evolution of this electrifying device below.

Alessandro Volta - Voltaic Pile, 1800. First battery able to provide a current to a circuit continuously

Alessandro Volta – Voltaic Pile, 1800. First battery able to provide a current to a circuit continuously.

John F. Daniell - Daniell Cell, 1836.

John F. Daniell – Daniell Cell, 1836.

 

William Grove - Fuel Cell 1839.

William Grove – Fuel Cell 1839.

Robert Bunsen - first liquid battery, 1842.

Robert Bunsen – first liquid battery, 1842.

Gaston Plante - first practical storage lead-acid battery that could be recharged, 1859.

Gaston Plante – first practical storage lead-acid battery that could be recharged, 1859.

Georges Leclanche - Leclanche Carbon-Zinc Cell, 1866

Georges Leclanche – Leclanche Carbon-Zinc Cell, 1866

Carl Gassner - dry cell battery, 1881.

Carl Gassner – dry cell battery, 1881.

Waldmar Jungner - the first nickel-cadmium rechargeable battery, 1899.

Waldmar Jungner – the first nickel-cadmium rechargeable battery, 1899.

09Waldemar Jungner first nickel-cadmium battery

Thomas Alva Edison - the alkaline storage battery, 1901.

Thomas Alva Edison – the alkaline storage battery, 1901.

Lew Urry - alkaline battery from 1958 left,and current battery right

Solar cells, 1954.

Solar cells, 1954.

Duracell battery, 1964.

Duracell battery, 1964.