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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 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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