Portable, gasoline-powered generators are useful for a variety of situations. They can come in handy during a power outage, on a camping trip, or to keep the lights on just about anywhere. But have you ever wondered how these nifty gasoline generators actually work to produce energy?
It's important to understand that these portable generators aren't technically creating energy. What they are actually doing is converting mechanical or chemical energy into electrical energy. These machines use the natural power of motion to force electrons from their external source and through an electrical circuit. There are multiple components of a gasoline-powered generator, and they each have a different part to play in the process of harnessing electricity.
Firstly, by activating the starter, which can be either battery-powered or a pull-cord system, the gasoline within the generator is injected into the chamber that contains the internal combustion engine. This then creates a spark, which in turn converts the gasoline into mechanical energy.
The next step is where the generator's alternator comes into play. The component within the alternator, usually referred to as the 'rotator', is activated by the mechanical energy, and this rotating piece is what creates the electricity. By creating a magnetic field that forms around a set of coils, an excess amount of electrons is then created.
At this point, the gasoline-powered generator has created an alternating current (AC current), which flows through the generator's outlets, and into whatever you're using it to supply power to. Just like that, your generator has done its job.
It is a very good idea for anyone to own a gasoline-powered generator in case of emergency. Now you know how they work.
If you are interested in the electrical field and how power is generated, contact your nearest Independent Electrical Contractors chapter today!