Keeping the world lit – TÜV SÜD secures power grids

The first power plants are built around the world. One of the Bavarian Steam Boiler Inspection Association’s first customers: King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who had electric lights installed in the Venus grotto of his newly built castle, Linderhof.
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Technology pioneer Oskar von Miller successfully built the first long-distance direct-current transmission from Miesbach to Munich. Germany’s first electric streetlamps lit up in Nuremberg on June 7.
Photo: Museum der Stadt Nürnberg, Graphische Sammlung

Germany’s first power plant for alternating current went into service in Bad Reichenhall.
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The Bavarian Inspection Association’s responsibilities include inspecting electric-powered mountain railways.
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Opening of the Mittenwald Railway between Germany and Austria, one of the first trains powered by high-voltage alternating current.
Photo: Arkivi

Starting this year, electric elevators in Munich must be regularly inspected.
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The “Law on fire protection at theatrical performances and expositions” comes into force. Since that time, amusement rides at the Munich Oktoberfest, fairs and amusement parks must be inspected.
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Electrical equipment at gas stations now requires inspection as well.

Currently the world’s largest rooftop solar power plant opens at the Neue Messe in Munich.
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The world has been electrified for more than 130 years. Since then, electricity grids have become increasingly dense, and energy consumption continues to grow every year. Join us on a journey through the history of power production. From the very start, TÜV SÜD was there to help prevent blackouts.