Turbines Generate Electricity
Much of the electricity we use at school, home and work is made at three main types of power plants:
In addition to these main three types, electricity is also generated using the sun, wind and even heat from inside the earth.
In each of the main three types of power plants, water or steam is used to turn a special type of fan called a turbine.
The turbine is connected to a rotating shaft.
The other end of the shaft is connected to a magnet, which turns with the shaft.
The spinning magnet turns inside a coil of wire.
Magnetic lines of force from the spinning magnet create an electrical current inside the coil of wire.
The electrical current created in the coil is sent by wires to the places where electricity is needed.
Click the "Begin" button above to build an electric turbine.