chapter  1
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Electricity supply

Virtually all the generation of electrical energy throughout the world is done using three-phase synchronous generators. Almost invariably the synchronous generator has its magnetic field produced electrically by passing direct current through a winding on an iron core which rotates between the three windings or phases of the machine. These windings are embedded in slots in an iron stator and one end of each winding is connected to a common, point and earthed. The output from the generator is taken from the other three ends of the windings. The output from a three-phase generator is therefore carried on three wires. In many three-phase diagrams single line representation is used when each line on the diagram represents three identical conductors. Figure 1.2 is drawn using this method.