Single-phase alternating current (AC)

  • Alternating current (AC) is called this way, because the conductors constantly change the poles. In a conventional (European) power outlet that happens 50 times a second. Its advantage is that it allows you to conduct ("carry") electricity in larger quantities and over longer distances with lower losses than with direct current. In addition, with alternating current, smaller cable cross-sections need to be able to conduct the same power. The alternating current in our (European) home has a rated voltage of 230V.

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