Glossary Definition for Alternator

Glossary Term: Alternator 

Definition

An electromechanical device that converts mechanical power into AC electrical power.

Typically, a magnet spins inside a coil, inducing alternating current in the windings. The magnet can be a permanent magnet, an iron rotor in which a magnetic field is induced, or an electromagnet powered by an externally applied current.

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