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How Electricity Is Made

Have you ever wondered where electricity comes from? You might be surprised
to learn that it comes from magnets! 

In the early 1800s, Michael Faraday discovered "electromagnetic induction",
which is the scientific way of saying that if he moved a magnet through a
loop of wire, the wire would become electrified.

In 1882, Thomas Edison opened the first full-scale power plant in New York
City. Edison's electric generator was a bigger version of Faraday's basic
experiment; a big magnet rotates around a wire to produce an electric
current.

Today's


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how is electricity produced


Electricity generation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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** Electricity generation **

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Turbo generator

*Electricity generation* is the process of generating electrical power from
other sources of primary energy.

The fundamental principles of electricity generation were discovered during
the 1820s and early 1830s by the British scientist Michael Faraday. His
basic method is still used today: electricity is generated by the movement
of a loop of wire, or disc of copper between the poles of a magnet.^[1]

For electric utilities, it is the first process in the delivery of
electricity to consumers. The other processes, electricity transmission,
distribution, and electrical power storage and recovery using
pumped-storage methods are normally carried out by the electric power
industry.

Electricity is most often generated at a power station by electromechanical
generators, primarily driven by heat engines fueled by chemical combustion
or nuclear fission but also by other means such as the kinetic energy of
flowing water and wind. Other energy sources include solar photovoltaics
and geothermal power.

*Contents*

· 1 History
· 2 Cogeneration
· 3 Methods of generating electricity

· 3.1 Turbines
· 3.2 Reciprocating engines
· 3.3 Photovoltaic panels
· 3.4 Other generation methods

· 4 Economics of generation and production of electricity
· 5 Production

· 5.1 Historical results of production of electricity
· 5.2 Production by country

· 5.2.1 List of countries with source of electricity 2008

· 6 Environmental concerns
· 7 Water consumption
· 8 See also
· 9 References
· 10 External links

*History[edit]*

Main article: Electrification
Diagram of an electric power system, generation system in black

Central power stations became economically practical with the development
of alternating current power transmission, using power transformers to
transmit power at


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity_generation

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