STATIONARY ENGINES at Biddenden Tractorfest & Country Fair
Stationary engines were once widespread in the era when every factory or mill generated its own power, and power transmission was mechanical, via line shift belts, Gear trains and clutches.
Applications for stationary engines have declined since electrification has become widespread; most industrial users today draw electricity from an electrical grid and distribute it to various individual electric motors.
Engines that operate in one place, but can be moved to another place for later operation, are called “portable engines”.
Although stationary engines and portable engines are both “STATIONARY” (ie. not moving) while running; the preferred usage (for clarity’s sake) reserves the term “STATIONARY ENGINE” to the permanently immobile type, and “PORTABLE ENGINE” to the mobile type.
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