ALTHANDEL, o. z., is a civic association composed of volunteers, enthusiasts and scientists who are researching the history of and aspiring to publicly present the unique "fire engine" - the first steam engine that was installed in continental Europe, built in 1722 in Nová Baňa, Slovakia (known then as Königsberg) for the purpose of pumping water out of the Althandel mining shaft.
Assessment of the Newcomen engine’s
development potential as heat engine for low
temperature waste heat
Journal of Power and Energy
The Machine that Changed the World: the Story of Isaac Potter's 'Fire Machine
13.05.2023 - 08.10.2023
Early Steam Engines in Central European Mining
07.10.2022 - 08.10.2022
The Engine that Changed the World
08.07.2022 - 31.10.2022
We created a 1/35 scale diorama of the archaeological site of Althandel for "The Engine that Changed the World" exhibition
The fourth year of archaeological research at Althandel has been carried out
20.06.2022 - 01.07.2022
Participation at the IEEC2 (International Early Engines Conference 2) in Dudley, UK
A tour of important atmospheric steam engines in England
On 29 August 2021 Althandel was visited by ambassadors from 18 countries and representatives of the Newcomen Society
Three seasons of archaeological research 2019-2021
- Thomas Newcomen
- Isaac Potter
- Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach
In 1720, Isaac Potter came to the Viennese court with a low cost proposal to pump groundwater out of mines using steam power ...
After the successful start-up of the eingine, the state leased the engine to a new mining company, to which the Court Chamber handed over the mining activity in the local mines ...
The engine was in operation in Nová Baňa for only 7 years. From the middle of 1729 the engine stopped pumping water and the deep horizon levels in the mine were abandoned ...
Also thanks to you, we are making progress in presenting one of the most important mining and technical monuments of industrial heritage not only in Slovakia, but also in Europe. This is an interesting project in the field of cultural heritage, which will benefit the whole community and society. We have no paid staff; all of our volunteers are invaluable and deserve your support in realising the goals of the association.
Account name: Althandel
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