Sunday, August 21, 2011

How Does a Generator Work?


Most of us are familiar with electric generators in one capacity or another. But do we really know how they work? Here is a breakdown of how these magnificent machines do what they do!

Based on the principle of electromagnetic induction, when an electric conductor moves through a magnetic field, the electric current will flow through the conductor. That current is converted into electrical energy.

Generators do just that, using copper wires to move through the magnetic field. The magnets within the generators apply pressure to the electrons in the field to create the current of electricity. The number of electrons is called the amperage, which means the current is measured in amps. The pressure that pushes the electrons is called voltage, hence the measurements of amps and volts.

The electricity created from this process flows into an electric motor to make it move. Depending on the type of generator, the conductor will either move through the magnetic field, or the magnet will move through the conductor, both achieving the same result. The electricity produced by the generator can be used to power boats, home, buildings and more, depending on the size of the generator.

There you have it! That is how generators produce the electricity that we use daily! For more information, contact us at Sidram Power!

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