Hoo boy, take a class in electricity sometime Alex.
May be you should do that instead
. It's a fair question from her.
The way I understand it, the plasma generates a powerful magnetic field which in turn interacts with a magnet, producing electricity.
The way you understand it? From what? Is that some BattleTech Lore?
The point of any nuclear power plant, be it fision or fusion, is to generate energy in form of heat
. This energy is converted to electrical energy via steam turbines
. There are other forms of nuclear power, that can provide electrical power without any moving parts, e.g. certain forms of radioisotope thermoelectric generators (like the one the Mars Rover Curiosity is using), which usually have a very low degree of efficiency.
There doesn't seem to be any detail in the BattleTech lore, as to how the energy generated from a fusion reactor is converted into electrical power (assuming that Mechs need mainly energy in form of electrical power...). In fact, many Sci-Fi universes are very vague about how power generated by any futuristic means is actually tapped or brought into any usable form like we know it or would expect it. Or what alternatives to electrical power they use for all their... things.
May be there is some detail as to how it is done in the BattleTech universe, but I haven't seen that yet.
In any case, regarding the "powerful magnetic field": you are probably confusing the magnetic containment field of the plasma with something that the plasma produces. That's not the case, at least not in a real
. BattleTech fusion reactors also have "containment coils".