Summary - TST 32

TRANSPORTES, SERVICIOS Y TELECOMUNICACIONES


TST 31
Pere-Antonio FÀBREGAS VIDAL
La Sociedad Catalana para el alumbrado por gas: del gas a la electricidad y nuevamente al gas (1890-1930)

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Key Words: Gas, electricity, business history, Barcelona.

[ Abstract ]

There are few studies on the reaction of gas companies established in large Spanish cities to the introduction of thermal and hydroelectricity. This paper presents in detail the situation and events in Barcelona, with the leadership of the Catalana de Gas y Electricidad, facing the new challenges, the absorption of technology and the financial and size risks. For a proper contextualization the discovery and dissemination of electric technologies in the world and the different business models generated in the United States, in Europe and in Spain are also studied. Additionally, presents a detailed analysis of what was done in Barcelona, by AEG, Energía Eléctrica de Cataluña, and Barcelona Traction.