Generator Overview

Learning objectives

  • Define the term megawatt/hour
  • Describe how electricity usage is measured in a typical household
  • Describe how power system load continually changes
  • Describe the purpose of the electromagnet in a generator
  • Describe the purpose of the generator stator
  • Describe what is meant by 3-phase power
  • Describe the impact of generator size on power oscillations
  • Describe the role of an exciter

Course overview

The generator is the heart of the power plant. Understanding its basic operation is critical to understand how electricity is produced. It's also important to know how customer usage affects the generator's operation.

The Generator Overview training course describes the relationship between electrical use and generator output. It also explains the basic principles of producing electricity using an electromagnet. This online course discusses:

  • Electrical supply and the customer
  • Basic generator components
  • Exciters

Generator Overview is part of the Power Generation training series.

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