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Questions tagged [generator]

A generator is a device that generates electricity from mechanical energy via different energy sources such as heat or kinetic energy of water.

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Which of the following motors best suit as a wind generator? [closed]

I'm watching some brushless outrunners with low kv as a generator for a simple wind turbine that I'm going to build soon. It might not be a scale or fully useful turbine, because I want to build it ...
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How to synchronize a generator on the electrical grid?

I've read many articles about paralleling two portable generators or synchronizing a power generator on the electrical grid. I have the theoretical background about that topic and I know the four ...
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Explanation for Differing Stator Winding Orientations

As a layperson, I'm trying to understand the basic configuration for an induction motor or generator. I've looked at many diagrams and photos/cutaways of stator wiring and I've noticed two different ...
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DC Motor as a Generator Voltage and Current

Is there any way to calculate the expected voltage and current, assuming I am turning it at the specified RPM value, when using a DC motor as a generator without physically testing it? In my case I ...
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Alternative Energy Storage

Can anyone suggest an alternative to energy from a battery? I'd like a system to replace my deep cycle leisure battery, I currently use this 110 AH leisure battery with a 1200W inverter. I run my ...
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load sharing in parallel generators

My question is the following: We have two 220V 20A generators connected in parallel to total power 8.8 kw 220 v 40 A load is 5.5 ohms I'm interested how each generator sees this load since every ...
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Do electric motors have the same efficiency when operating as generators?

Its in the title. I'm just curious and it turns out that either this is such a stupid question that no one has bothered to answer it, or i'm just not good at googling today. I guess I'm thinking ...
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How does a wind farm prevent the fastest spinning turbine from driving the slowest one?

Just what the title says. On a wind farm spread across several score hectares, I assume, the wind-speed wouldn't be uniform. The faster spinning turbines would probably induce more electricity than ...
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Using hard disk motor as generator

I have disassembled 20 broken hard disks and taken out the motors, thinking they might be useful. However, they didn't work using DC current, because they required some kind of control circuit. Now I ...
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Loop of a wire and right hand rule

When the loop is the figure shown below will be rotated in clockwise direction the the slip ring connected to the red segment of the loop will give us the positive voltage and the slip ring connected ...
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Rated current of a three phase DG set

When the rated current of a 250 KVA DG set is shown as 347.8 A, does it mean that it is the line current or phase current or sum of currents on all phases say R Y B phases
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Harvesting energy from a small amount of wind

I am currently investigating the feasibility of a project that would include the need of harvesting some energy from wind. The size constant of the generator and fans is about 2"x2"x2". The end goal ...
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Why do generators have to rotate at a slower frequency if demand outpaces the supply?

EU residents might have noticed that some of the clocks in their house have been running out of sync with other clocks. Apparently, the cause for this is that power suppliers had to reduce the ...
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Parallel generators don't divide reactive KVAR load equally

We have three generators cat 3412 800kW at our power station. They load in synchronization. But we have a problem in the sharing of the reactive power KVAR. The voltage regulator used in the system ...
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The electricity grid: what keeps small power generators from being 'driven' by large ones?

This is a two part question and pertains to power generation: What prevents a larger plant (say nuclear) from turning an itsy-bitsy gas generator into an electric motor and drive current through it? ...
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Pulse Generator - I (Art of Electronics)

In the Art of Electronics book, I don't understand the following phrase .. because current is flowing down through R3, trying to pull it up. Why does this current try to pull the cap up? ...
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Could a significant amount of electricity be generated from public hand-operated generators?

So imagine you're at a bus stop at a train station. You're bored and have got nothing to do. So you see a big crank-handle sitting there doing nothing, and because you're bored, you decide to spin it ...
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Earth Ground Portable Generator

I recently bought a pure sine wave 2kV portable generator to use for camping. In the manual it states that the generator should be grounded to actual earth through a metal stake and then attached to ...
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Generating electricity by moving door handle to produce 3 Watts?

I want to attach a generator to a door handle and have the output charge a battery. My system needs to provide about 3 Watts. A similar question was asked here and I referenced it to get an idea of ...
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How do I build a one shot non-retriggerable pulse generation circuit with 2 triggers?

I'm kind of a noob when it comes to electronics (I'm mainly a computer programmer), so please bear with me. I want to construct a one shot non-retriggerable pulse generation circuit that has two ...
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How do I correctly calculate the resistance (induced emf?) of a generated current against the flux? [closed]

I have all the basic physics working for every major section of the entire generator as correctly as I think I can (barring actual code implementation improvements) but just couldn't get the feedback ...
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Magnet generator [closed]

I am wanting anyone's thoughts on if an idea I have is possible. I want to build a generator using a bearing and some neo magnets I bought. I know nothing about generators like this or in general. I ...
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How to generate 30Hz sine wave?

I'm building a voice ring modulator. Part of it involves a 30Hz carrier sine wave to modulate the voice with. Since I'm trying to build a portable device it will be DC powered, and since a function ...
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How does the commutator work right here?

I understand that we use the commutator as a rectifier using two segments that alternatively touch the negative and positive brush. That is when we only have one coil. What happens when we have more ...
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How do power stations maintain 50 hertz?

In the UK our mains standard is 230 V AC at 50 hertz. So I understand that the generators at the power stations need to spin at exactly 3000 RPM . This is true no matter what the source is (nuclear, ...
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Will a 3 phase induction generator fight its own rotation?

So in a 3 phase induction generator with coils for the stator and magnets for on the rotor, I am wondering if the the current induced in the coils would create a magnetic field that would oppose the ...
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How to make 5V 650 mA on a summer camp?

On our summer scouts camp, I need to power a tablet (it simulates the computer from The Lost, and the children must activate it every 108 minutes). It requires 4.3 - 5.3 V and about 650 mA. I need to ...
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Building an Ultrasound Generator

I need to generate ultrasound with a frequency of 1.5 MHz. The ultrasound should be pulsed as shown here An ultrasound pulse should be 200 µs long, a pause (no ultrasound) is 800 µs long. The desired ...
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Working of a Doubly-Fed Induction generator (DFIG) in wind turbines

I am unable to understand how a Doubly-Fed Induction generator works (in Wind Energy conversion system)? I do not understand how the reactive power fed into the stator interacts with the rotor so as ...
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Hand crank DC generator - a simple dummy load that won't burn out?

I'm working on a project that allows a user to crank a hand generator while current and voltage sensors measure the output. After the user finishes cranking, software displays information about how ...
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Converting a DC motor to a generator

Can ANY DC motor become a generator if torque is applied to the shaft? example: Produce-Electricity-from-a-DC-Motor And by any, I mean the really cheap ones too. Or is there a specific type of motor ...
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Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) vs Synchro-check Relay

What is the difference between a Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) and a Synchro-check relay? I need to know if Synchro-check relay can be used as replacement for PMU in a Synchrophasor data system. We ...
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Does a Wimshurst machine work fine with normal glass disks?

I want to build my own Wimshurst machine and I cannot find plexiglass disks. However, in our town there is somebody that cuts normal glass circles–so I wonder if normal glass disks would replace ...
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Minimal power circuit for recupating three phase motor drive on DC

A thee phase motor (like an asynchronous motor or an brushless DC motor) can be driven from DC power by using a half bridge on every of the three phases (for example by six FETs) if I'm right. What ...
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RD-ZD-25F, 220V/50W motor as a generator

I have 2 RD-ZD-25F, 220V/50W DC motors from 2 broken bread-making machines. Can they be used as a generator? I gave one with the hand few spins and I got a little bit of a shock from it. Thanks PS: ...
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Dynamo phone charging leads to discharging

I am trying to make my bicycle dynamo charge my phone. Currently, I've got dynamo (outputs 6V AC), connected to a rectifier, then capacitor (2200 microfarad), regulator (outputs 5V), capacitor (2200 ...
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Building a new dynamo bike light

So here is the deal, for the 2nd time in less than a year, my halogen bike light on the front has popped due to cold. This is rather bothersome and I can't find any nice inexpensive LED alternatives ...