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Eight energy innovations that changed history

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Modern society wouldn't function without regular sources of power, light and warmth. The past two centuries have seen a wealth of innovations and inventions that have helped keep the world's lights on and factories running.

From hydro-power to wind power, nuclear and fusion, read on as CNBC.com takes a look at some of history's most significant energy milestones.

By Anmar Frangoul, special to CNBC.com

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