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1881 William Thomson wrote to The Times extolling the virtues of the Faure Accumulator which should be able to power the lights in a house for 6 hours without running a generator.
1882 Public company incorporated to acquire all the patents owned by the Societe la Force et la Lumiere for the UK. Radcliffe Ward was the electrical engineer; Camille Faure and William Edward Ayrton would be consulting electrical engineers to the company. William Thompson's support for the Faure accumulator was reported in the prospectus. Although said to have been founded by Sir William Thomson and others, Thomson did not appear to have a formal role in the company.
1883 The capabilities of the Faure accumulator were found to be less attractive in practical application. A development, the Faure-Sellon-Volckmar accumulator, was said to resolve these problems. It seemed accumulators were moving towards the improved Plante type.