Methods of Converting Energy to Electricity

There are basically six popular ways to convert energy to electricity:

• Mechanical - wind turning blades connected to a generator

• Chemical - batteries, fuel cells, anaerobic digesters (biomass)

• Combustion - burning fuel to generate steam (heat) to drive a generator

• Hydro - running water over the turbine blades connected to a generator

• Heat - creating steam which in turn operates a generator

• Photovoltaic - extracting electricity from the sun using semiconductor materials

As you may have already guessed, these methods overlap one another somewhat, but these are the common ways to generate electricity that routinely power our homes, cars and electronic appliances.

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  • Henrik
    What are the method of converting electricity?
    7 years ago

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