How a Generator Works

The turbine is attached by a shaft to the turbogenerator. The generator has a giant magnet inside a stationary ring wrapped with a long wire. You can see the inside of the generator coil with all its wires in the picture on the right.
The shaft that comes out of the turbine is connected to the generator. When the turbine turns, the shaft and rotor is turned. As the magnet inside the generator turns, an electric current is produced in the wire. The electric generator is converting mechanical, moving energy, into electrical energy. So the mechanical energy of the moving wire is converted into the electric energy of the current that flows in the wire.

All power plants have turbines and generators. Some turbines are turned by wind, some by water, some by steam. The electricity produced by the generator then flows through huge transmission wires that link the power plants to our homes, school and businesses.