The Generation Of Electricity By Modern Society

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The generation of electricity is the process of producing electric energy or the amount of electricity produced by transforming/converting other forms of energy into electrical energy. There are many ways to produce electricity. For instance, in a common battery, electrons can flow between certain materials enduing a current which is required to provide power for the object in which the battery is situated. Although the chemical batteries are portable and reliable, they eventually run out. However the large amounts of power demanded by modern society requires large power plants, which have since been built to meet this demand. Most power plants use generator to produce electricity. Electricity cannot be mined or harvested, it has to be manufactured. And since it is not able to be stored in large quantities, it must be manufactured at time of demand. Electricity is a form of energy but not an energy source. There are different types of power plants and therefore these different generating plants obtain distinct energy sources to produce electrical power. The two main types are “Thermal plants” and “Kinetic plants”. Kinetic generating plants consist of hydro-electric plants and wind mills, converting energy into electricity. Instead of heat energy, they use kinetic energy, or the energy of motion. Moving wind or water spins a turbine, which in turn spins the rotor of a generator. Thus electricity is produced. Thermal plants use the energy of heat to produce electricity. Water…
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