[Tagging] Proposed feature - Voting - electricity

Lukas Richert lrichert at posteo.de
Sat Jan 2 12:30:21 UTC 2021

Hi Joseph, to clarify the aim of the electricity proposal is to be 
consistent with the OSM definition of generator. This is also the reason 
why any form of electricity:storage tagging isn't a part of the 
proposal. If the definition of a generator in OSM changes, then I'll 
change it in the proposal as well. Opposing the OSM definition of the 
proposal however isn't a good reason to oppose the electricity proposal 
- it doesn't help anyone to have 2-3 differing definitions of what a 
generator is in OSM as this would lead to increased mistagging. Further, 
I've proposed a quantified definition of intermittent and provided more 
examples of how to tag scheduled outages.

Finally, some more definitions of a generator:

Wikipedia:DE <https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elektrischer_Generator>

    A electrical generator is an electrical machine that converts
    between kinetic and electrical energy.


    A machine that produces something, specifically electrical power in
    some cases

dictionary.com <https://www.dictionary.com/browse/generator>

    a machine that converts one form of energy into another, especially
    mechanical energy into electrical energy, as a dynamo, or electrical
    energy into sound, as an acoustic generator.

Truly none of these mention diesel-only or even fossil-fuel-only. I'd 
also like to link some solar manufacturers that clearly use the terms 
"solar generator" to mean photovoltaic systems: 
https://www.goalzero.com/shop/solar-kits/solar-generator-kits/, there 
are multiple patents using the term 
https://patents.google.com/patent/US4697042A/en as well as scientific 
articles https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/5451184/ 

    - Lukas

On 01/01/2021 23:31, François Lacombe wrote:
> Hi Joseph,
> Le ven. 1 janv. 2021 à 23:12, Joseph Eisenberg 
> <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com <mailto:joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>> a écrit :
>     I'm aware that power=generator is used for solar plants and solar
>     panel installations in openstreetmap, but the common meaning of
>     generator is "a machine used to generate electricity", that is,
>     they convert mechanical energy into electrical energy.
>     Specifically: " Generators work by rotating a coil of wire in a
>     magnetic field, causing a current to flow in the wire. A generator
>     may be a huge spinning turbine powered by water, wind, steam, gas,
>     or nuclear reactions, which sends electricity out through power
>     lines to thousands of customers. But normally when we use the
>     word, we're thinking of a small machine powered by gasoline or
>     diesel, such as you might keep in your basement for those times
>     when a storm knocks out your power, to create electricity right in
>     front of your eyes." -
>     https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generator
>     <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generator>
> We are discussing this point in the power storage thread as well and 
> several point of view exist.
> IEC says "non-electric energy into electricity"
> http://www.electropedia.org/iev/iev.nsf/display?openform&ievref=151-13-35 
> <http://www.electropedia.org/iev/iev.nsf/display?openform&ievref=151-13-35>
> AND IEC says "Mechanical energy into electricity"
> http://www.electropedia.org/iev/iev.nsf/display?openform&ievref=411-32-01 
> <http://www.electropedia.org/iev/iev.nsf/display?openform&ievref=411-32-01> 
> regarding rotating machinery.
> Wikipedia EN says "mechanical energy into electricity", without proper 
> source
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_generator 
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_generator>
> Wikipedia FR says "non-electric energy into electricity", without 
> proper source
> https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A9n%C3%A9rateur_%C3%A9lectrique 
> <https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A9n%C3%A9rateur_%C3%A9lectrique>
> Aren't we try to restrict ourselves to mechanical energy just because 
> it's the denser form we currently use?
> All the best
> François
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