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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 800 metres and the museum will be on your right. The LWAS Annual Exposition on July 22 & 23 was a great success and now we look forward to the Fall Harvest on September 9 & 10, 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. Finally, on September 15 & 16, the Lesco Pro Truck Show n' Shine arrives at Leduc West. Although our museum will only be open on the 16th, please come out and see the trucks on both days!


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