History of the gas industry

Key events in the history of the gas industry in Poland and Europe.

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Wacław Wolski

The man who made the earth release its liquid treasure endowed with enormous power.

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First bath heated with a gas water heater

This appliance is invented by an Englishman, Benjamin Waddy Maughan. Gas begins to find multiple new applications, and inventions include gas cookers, refrigerators, irons, coffee roasters, boilers, gas heaters and many more.


Gas light gains new brightness and colour

This is a clever invention of Carl Auer von Welsbach – a fabric mantle, made from cotton mesh impregnated with non-flammable compounds, which when heated by a gas flame emits a bright light without burning. This invention continues to be used today.


Natural gas discovered in the Podkarpacie region

The beginnings of natural gas in Poland are connected to crude oil extraction in the Podkarpacie region.

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William Murdoch

Son of a Scottish miller, who chased the darkness out of cities.

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Gas industry today and tomorrow

Technology 29 September 2019
Podcast: Innovative applications and the future of natural gas

The latest podcast from the Virtual Gas Museum focuses on the technologies, innovation and future of natural gas applications.

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Technology 8 October 2019
UAVs and satellites to monitor gas pipelines

The latest technologies applied in gas engineering include novel monitoring solutions for the natural gas transmission and distribution infrastructure. Gas pipelines are linear projects which sometimes stretch for hundreds of kilometres, so their inspection with an “eye in the sky” seems a natural solution. It can be done with UAVs and satellites.

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Science 8 October 2019
Listen to what the gas pipeline says

What does the creaking of timber beams in a mine have to do with advanced analysis of the sound of gas pipelines? The objective is the same in both cases: to identify symptoms which, if interpreted correctly, can help prevent a failure or an accident.

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Gas map of Poland

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Museum exhibits

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