The Electromagnet in the Generation of Electricity


Coils of wire are electromagnets, and revolve at 360 revolutions per minute. This induces electricity in the fixed wires around the perimeter.

The generators in this plant are 'alternating current' generators with twenty electromagnets spinning on each rotor. These electromagnets are comprised of large iron oblongs wrapped with many coils of copper wire. The wire is then electrified, making the iron cores into magnets, or 'electromagnets.'

Each of these twenty coils then has a magnetic field, or 'flux', around it, and as each flies past the fixed wires of the stator, electricity is induced. Homes and businesses near here immediately use this power for lights, televisions, computers, stoves, anything that uses electricity.