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Steam to Electricity

An electric generator converts mechanical energy into electrical energy.

A generator works on the principle of  'electromagnetic induction'. If a conductor (such as copper wire) is moved through a magnetic field, an electric current will flow (be induced) in the conductor.

In power stations, the same principle of electromagnetic induction is used, however the magnetic field moves past the conductor, inducing an electric current in the wire. In these generators, the high voltage does not pass through the brushes and slip rings.

Power stations generate electricity at high voltages - 16,000 to 20,500 volts - which is too high to transfer through brushes and slip rings.

From 1890 until 1920, steam engines usually provided the mechanical energy. Today a turbine is used to provide this mechanical energy.

The generator consists of two main parts: the rotor (which turns) and the stator (which is fixed).


Edmonton Power Historical Foundation

Hours of operation 2023

We are located on the grounds of the Leduc West Antique Museum. Travel 5 miles west of Leduc on Highway 39. Go north on Range Road 260 (Cohne Dale Road) for about a mile and the museum will be on your right. The museum is closed for the winter, however we are looking forward to opening our doors on May 27 for the Leduc West Antique Society Spring Swap Meet, Tractor Pull & Music Series. Featured will be all manner of vendor tables, displays, tours, and the first Tractor Pull of the season. In the evening the first concert of the Music Series will feature "Prairie Sky" on stage.
July 22 & 23 is the LWAS Annual Exposition, the biggest event of the year which will include public tours, exhibits, a parade of antique vehicles, and a Tractor Pull; on Saturday evening the Music Series will feature "The Jivin' Belles" performing songs heavily influenced by close harmony groups of the 40's like the Andrews Sisters.
September 9 & 10, the final event of the summer season is the Fall Harvest event… with public tours, exhibits and the Tractor Pull Provincial Finals event. The final music performance of the season will feature “Celtera” and as their name implies is steeped in the music from the Emerald Isle and Scotland.


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