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Regarding generators

  1. Aug 10, 2008 #1
    Hi all........people always tell that the machine has a generating capacity of say 100MW..now... my doubt is..in how much time it generates those 100MW..that is in a day or in an hour something like that???

    This may be a basic doubt...i dont know..but i cant help it...

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  3. Aug 10, 2008 #2
    Assuming it is loaded with a 100MW consumer, the generator will produce 100MW at any given time. In one hour, it will have generated 100MWh or megawatthours of energy..for which the user will be charged...if it is a commercial generator.
  4. Aug 10, 2008 #3


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    To put it another way, MW is a rate of energy generation, not a quantity of energy generated.
  5. Aug 10, 2008 #4
    How much time does it usually take for a generator that size to turn on to full power when activated?
  6. Aug 10, 2008 #5
    100MW = 100,000,000 Million Joules per SECOND

    Equivalent to 3.1556926 * 10^15 joules per YEAR
  7. Aug 11, 2008 #6
    thanx for the info guys
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