- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: December 5, 2000
*This program does not contain updated content related to the recent blackout on August 14, 2003.
They are the facilities that power the world, massive plants that produce millions of watts of electricity from enormous generators. Though the basic technology has remained constant for decades, continual improvements and refinements have made them far more efficient and powerful.
MODERN MARVELS® tells the complete story of the POWER PLANTS that harness the energy in coal or oil, control nuclear reactions, or exploit natural forces to provide the electricity our civilization could not survive without. Historians chronicle the pitched battle between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla that set the course for the future of energy production (Edison lost), while a tour of the Westinghouse museum lets us track advancing energy technology through the years. And visits to present-day plants offers an up-close look at exactly how power is "made."