Electric power generation
Starr, Eugene C. Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior, Portland, Oregon.
Fravel, Maris T. Bechtel Power Corporation, Ann Arbor Power Division, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Sekhar, Natarajan General Electric Environmental Services, Inc., Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
Glasscock, Dwight L. Formerly, Harza Engineering Company, Chicago, Illinois.
Reddoch, Thomas W. Electrotek Concepts Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee.
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- General considerations
- Generating unit sizes
- Voltage regulation
- Generation control
- Synchronization of generators
- Fossil-fuel plants
- Steam power plants
- Gas turbine plants
- Hydroelectric plants
- Pumped storage
- Advanced power sources
- Solar power
- Geothermal power
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The production of bulk electric power for industrial, residential, and rural use. Electric power generation generally implies large-scale production of electric power in stationary plants designed for that purpose. The generating units in these plants convert energy from falling water, coal, natural gas, oil, and nuclear fuels to electric energy (Fig. 1). Most electric generators are driven either by hydraulic turbines, for conversion of falling water energy; or by steam or gas turbines, for conversion of fuel energy. Limited use is being made of geothermal energy, and the uses of solar energy and wind power are progressing in various forms. See also: Generator; Geothermal power; Nuclear power; Prime mover; Solar energy; Wind power
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