Re: Now the Bay Area rolling blackouts begin...

From: Chuck Kuecker (
Date: Thu Jan 18 2001 - 08:12:28 MST

At 09:15 AM 1/18/01 -0500, you wrote:

>Some generators will put out 12 VAC, which then is stepped up to 120 VAC
>by a transformer. Depending on the quality of its materials and design,
>its output (due to CEMF and load power factor, harmonics, etc) could or
>could not resemble a sine wave.

There are kits available to "convert" the alternator in your car or truck
to 120 VAC - is this what you mean? These of course would be outputting a
couple of kilohertz AC - not exactly "clean" by 60 Hz standards...

Any time you throw a transformer into the circuit, you have the possibility
of saturation if you try to draw too much power. That will definitely cause

What's CEMF? Counter "EMF"?

Chuck Kuecker

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