According to the American Wind Energy Association, a typical residential turbine should generate about 5000 watts. Factors such as the size of the residence, the height of the tower for the turbine and the average local ... More » Science Physics Electricity

There are two methods normally associated with generating electricity. First is alternating current, typically achieved by spinning a large magnet in a loop of wire. The second method is electrochemistry, which uses a ch... More » Science Physics Electricity

An impulse turbine, the most common type of small water turbine, works by using a pressurized water jet to turn a wheel called a runner. The runner then turns a shaft attached to the alternator or generator that generate... More » Science Physics Electricity

Hydroelectricty is produced when moving water turns a turbine that connects to a generator. In most instances, a dam stores water and releases it through a channel to turn the turbine. More »

A small wind turbine with an output of 5 kilowatts would power the average home, though turbines generating between 2 and 10 kilowatts can power some homes, as of 2015. People choose turbine size based on a home's energy... More » Science Physics Electricity

Hydroelectric energy is generated by water flowing over a turbine, which turns an electric generator and creates current. The force that moves the turbine comes from the flowing or falling water, and the turbine continue... More »

Hydroelectric dams produce electricity by using falling water to spin a turbine that is connected to a generator through a large metal shaft. The power that the generator receives from the turbine is converted into elect... More »