December 10, 2013

On this day December 10th...

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On December 10, 1846 Norbert Rillieux invents the evaporating pan, which revolutionizes the sugar industry. 

Norbert Rillieux was revolutionary in the sugar industry, by his inventing of a refining process that reduced the time, cost, and safety risk involved in producing sugar from cane and beets.

By inventing a sugar processing evaporator and improving the sugar refining process he increased the revenue stream in the making of sugar from sugar beets or sugar cane.

Refining sugar had been a labor-intensive process, involving the handling of boiling hot liquids. The slaves on the plantations performed most of this labor. Rillieux's inventions increased sugar production and reduced production costs. However, the most important thing was that his inventions protected lives by ending the older dangerous methods of sugar production.

Rillieux later went to France where he continued working on his inventing and published papers on the uses of steam and the steam engine.

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