A History of CAES

During the second industrial revolution, in 1877, Austrian engineer Carl Albert Mayrhofer designed a compressed air system that emitted a pulse of air every minute to power a network of clocks around Vienna. Within the decade, harnessing the kinetic energy of compressed air went from a relatively novel concept to an 18,000 kW compressor system — as it did in a Parisian power plant designed by Mayrhofer’s apprentice, Viktor Popp, in 1888.