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Completion of hydraulic power station included in canal plan


Added to the Canal Project, the First Hydroelectric Power Station was Completed in 1891


Keage Power Station (1890's)
In 1891, Keage Power Station was completed and started to transmit electricity. This was the first hydroelectric power generation project in Japan. Lake Biwa Canal Project which was unprecedented in scale and facilitated the modernization of Kyoto was to build a new canal connecting Kyoto with Lake Biwa. At first, in view of the then technological level of Japan, many people considered it an ill-advised plan. The Project was designed and supervised by Sakuro Tanabe, young engineer who had just graduated from Kobu Daigakko or University of Engineering (the forerunner of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo).
In 1888, in the midst of the construction of the Canal, Tanabe went to America soon after he read an article on the first hydroelectric power plant in the world which had just started to operate in Colorado, USA. With the know-how about the hydroelectric power generation brought back from the United States, he added the construction of a hydroelectric power plant to Lake Biwa Canal Project.
Young Tanabe's abilities and many other people's efforts had materialized Keage Power Station. As a motive power, it has contributed to the development of the industry in Kyoto. After more than a hundred years, the Power Station is still working just as before.

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