Article from: OGEL Archive issue , in Economic and Commercial Context for Oil, Gas and Energy Law
p>In 1709, William Darby invented the coking process, which led to the use of coal in 18th century England. From an economic stand point, one could say that this event more than any other ushered in the industrial revolution with its dependence on coal and steal produced from coal. However from an engineering perspective, there is another cause of the industrial revolution that is subtler. This cause is the physical make up of the energy resources available to England.