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How is Electricity Made?

Nicole Madison
Updated May 21, 2024
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There are many different ways to make electricity. Each method involves the use of a turbine to spin and convert kinetic energy into electric energy. Electricity is made when a turbine moves a large magnet around a very large wire. This movement serves to electrify the wire. The energy is then pushed away from the generator through special transformers.

Steam, combustion gases, and water are commonly used to turn turbines for the creation of electricity. Wind may be used as well. When steam is used, fossil fuels, such as oil, gas, or coal, are often burned for the purpose of creating steam from water. The steam is then used to spin the turbine.

Sometimes, nuclear energy is used to create steam to turn turbines. When nuclear power is used, uranium is split apart, creating heat energy. The heat energy is applied to water, creating steam for use in turning a turbine.

Combustion gases may be used to create electricity. In such cases, a gas turbine is employed in burning natural gas or low-sulfur oil. The fuel is mixed with compressed air and burned in combustion chambers. In these chambers, high-pressure combustion gases form and are then applied to the turbine, causing it to turn.

Sometimes water is used in the creation of electricity. In such a case, water is made to fall on the blades of a turbine, turning it. This requires an incredibly large amount of water that is usually obtained from a reservoir or a lake. The body of water must be located higher than the turbine in order to turn its enormous blades.

Once created, electricity travels to a transformer and is changed from low to high-voltage. This is an important step, as it gives electricity the jolt it needs to travel from the power plant to its ending destinations. High-voltage electrical current moves within thick transmission lines.

Traveling current is kept high above the ground by transmission towers, and insulators are employed for the purpose of keeping the energy in the transmission lines. Transmission towers and insulators are vital for ensuring the safe transportation of electricity.

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Nicole Madison
By Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison's love for learning inspires her work as a All The Science writer, where she focuses on topics like homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. Her passion for knowledge is evident in the well-researched and informative articles she authors. As a mother of four, Nicole balances work with quality family time activities such as reading, camping, and beach trips.
Discussion Comments
By anon962023 — On Jul 21, 2014

How do you produce nuclear electricity?

By anon323303 — On Mar 04, 2013

@anon76130: The truth is, nobody has yet discovered how to build a perpetual machine, although I have seen a couple that would be arguably perpetual, weather they can produce electricity or only keep themselves going I am unsure. But my point is just because nobody has done it yet does not mean it's not possible.

By anon275823 — On Jun 20, 2012

I need it without burning fossil fuels.

By anon263601 — On Apr 25, 2012

Wow, this is really interesting stuff. I can't wait to study further regarding electricity.

What will happen if we run out of fossil fuels? This is my worst nightmare, I have bad dreams about the world without fossil fuels.

Imagine life without electricity.

By anon259102 — On Apr 04, 2012

Can you create electricity without fossil fuels?

By anon254157 — On Mar 12, 2012

@anon64524: No, water doesn't conduct. It pushes a wheel, generating electricity.

By anon254156 — On Mar 12, 2012

Are there any other ways of making electricity environment-friendly?

By anon180114 — On May 25, 2011

So what would happen if we didn't have any kind of electricity?

By anon163016 — On Mar 25, 2011

This does not list all the ways it can be made.

The most common method is the mechanical one via electromagnets turning followed second by solar.

Electricity: can be generated via sound (piezoelectric); can be generated from light (photovoltaic); can be generated from heat (thermionic); can be generated from salt water (voltaic). Plus many more, so why is it so hard to get freely?

By anon114091 — On Sep 27, 2010

Water itself cannot conduct electricity. You may still be electrocuted by standing in the shower and having electric flow through the water. Sounds like a contradiction? Not really.

Pure water is not a conductor, but the things in water could conduct electricity. (metals, etc). BTW, saltwater will conduct electricity. You can do an experiment with placing water into a bowl and using a batter attached to a flashlight and seeing if it will conduct. -source, science class back in the day.

By anon99777 — On Jul 27, 2010

Is there any practical way to produce electricity by friction?

By anon92033 — On Jun 25, 2010

what would happen if you had a ring on and you put your finger in the electricity flow?

By anon89063 — On Jun 08, 2010

i don't get it. should be more easy to use. please because i think it really can help me with my work. thank you very much and i am a student from manchester. thank you for all your help.

By anon77655 — On Apr 15, 2010

To anon36248: Energy In = Energy Out - efficiency

I'm not sure whose law this is, but I remember it from college. As the mechanics have bearings, gears, etc. energy is lost through the efficiency of the mechanics.

By anon76130 — On Apr 09, 2010

To anon36248, no, it is not possible to create a perpetual machine - that is energy is always lost somewhere along the way, through friction, sound, heat, etc.

By anon72702 — On Mar 24, 2010

What are five ways electricity is made?

By anon66508 — On Feb 20, 2010

anon36248, energy is always being lost in some way or another. So not all the input energy gets turned into electricity, it can be lost as heat or in some other form.

By anon64524 — On Feb 08, 2010

so water does conduct electricity?

By anon57081 — On Dec 19, 2009

To anon36248: I am not an expert but i bet this have been thought of before and it didn't work. I believe it is because it cannot generate enough electricity.

By anon52728 — On Nov 16, 2009

Is there a way to create mini lightning and can electricity be made using air or water particles?

By anon49329 — On Oct 19, 2009

no to the first post. law of thermodynamics.

By anon36248 — On Jul 10, 2009

Is it possible to turn the turbines using the electricity prevouisly made and still have enough left to produce more elcetricity therefore creating an infinite supply of electricity?

By anon12998 — On May 17, 2008

What will happen if we feed AC to the field of an AC generator instead of DC?

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