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    Motors and generators are very similar. So, I’ve started wondering if I take a large motor, and turn the shaft with a belt, wouldn’t it generate a charge in the stator (or rotor, however it works)? I’ve seen pics of the large generators in power generation plants, and to me they look just like giant motors, and are from everything I’ve seen.

    Technically could I put a large (as in the size of a microwave at the very least) motor on a waterwheel or some other such setup, and use it as a generator?


    technically,every DC motor is a generater. I have assembled a few wind generaters useing old treadmill motors. They produce satisfactory amounts of current. Just my 2 cents worth

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