Gas holder

Category Industrial facilities

Year of manufacture/creation 1902

Place of manufacture/creation Paczków, then Poland

Size Height: 1237 cm
Width: 1240 cm
Length: 1240 cm

Material steel

Museum/Storage location Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Date of admission to the museum 1991

Rights to the exhibit Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Rights to digital images public domain


Exhibit description

The storage of gas is aided by the power of the elements – water and air.

The generated gas has to be suitably stored so that it can be used. The builders of gasworks were faced with a considerable problem: how to store something that cannot be seen and poses a risk of explosion?

Taking the above into account, they filled a large tank with water and covered it with a large bell. The gas inlet was installed at the base of the tank. When gas entered the tank, the bell rose up, and on releasing the gas into the gas network, the bell again submerged into the water.

This wet gas holder was such an excellent storage facility that Paczków Gasworks used it for 75 years!

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