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Steam to Electricity


The steam turbine is made up of hundreds of angled blades mounted in rows on a rotating shaft.

When steam from the boiler enters the turbine, it hits these blades and causes the shaft to turn rapidly at 3600 rpm.

steam turbine

Between each row of moving blades is a row of stationary blades which redirect the steam flow onto the next row of moving blades.

As the steam passes through the turbine, energy is removed from the steam causing it to lose pressure and cool off.

The steam exhausts from the turbine at a very low pressure, and is changed back into water in the condenser.

The generator consists of two main parts: the rotor (which turns); and the stator (which is fixed). The rotor carries a magnetic field which rotates as the rotor turns within the stator. This causes electrical current to be generated in copper coils in the stator.

The energy flows from the generator to a transformer where the voltage is increased before sending the power out to the customer.

Further information

How an electric generator works (
This site talks about how an electric generator converts mechanical energy into electric energy

Steam Turbine (Wikipedia)
A thorough description of steam engines from

Edmonton Power Historical Foundation

Hours of operation 2024

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. Our museum is now closed for the season, but 2023 was a great year and we are looking forward to an even better 2024. Here are the dates for the major events at Leduc West, when the  Edmonton Power Historical Foundation Museum will also be open:
Spring Swap Meet May 25 & May 26, 2024
LWAS Annual Exposition July 20 & July 21, 2024
Fall Harvest September 7 & September 8, 2024


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