In electricity generation, an electric generator is a device that converts mechanical energy to electrical energy.
The reverse conversion of electrical energy into mechanical energy is done by a motor; motors and generators have many similarities._____
A generator forces electrons in the windings to flow through the external electrical circuit.
It is somewhat analogous to a water pump, which creates a flow of water but does not create the water inside._____
The source of mechanical energy may be a reciprocating or turbine steam engine, water falling through a turbine or waterwheel, an internal combustion engine, a wind turbine, a hand crank, compressed air or any other source of mechanical energy._____