Title

Using Portable Water Turbines to Generate Electricity from Rivers and Streams to Power Small Electronics

School Name

Center for Advanced Technical Studies

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

Large numbers of people in the United States have access to rivers and streams, but have no ability to use this natural energy to their advantage. This Project will be capturing the energy from flowing water in rivers and transforming it into usable energy to power small electronics. This project includes a trolling motor that is used to simulate the flow of a river and a flow meter that accurately measures flow rate in meters per second. The trolling motor is used to run simulated tests in the lab that are similar to the flow rates collected in the rivers. The flow meter is used to measure flow rates in the lab, but in the rivers to ensure the lab simulation is as close to real as possible. The results for this project were recorded in the lab using a trolling motor, Spark data collection unit, flow meter and 12v bulb turbine and results recorded in the rivers using the flow meter and Spark data collection unit. The data recorded to date support the alternate hypothesis for this project. The project has successfully produced sufficient amounts of electricity to power electronics through the simulation of flow rates collected from local rivers. These findings this project produced make it known that portable hydropower from rivers will produce enough electricity to power small electronics. This project will be bringing portable turbines to these rivers used in the project and powering small electronics.

Location

HSS 215

Start Date

4-2-2022 10:00 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Apr 2nd, 10:00 AM

Using Portable Water Turbines to Generate Electricity from Rivers and Streams to Power Small Electronics

HSS 215

Large numbers of people in the United States have access to rivers and streams, but have no ability to use this natural energy to their advantage. This Project will be capturing the energy from flowing water in rivers and transforming it into usable energy to power small electronics. This project includes a trolling motor that is used to simulate the flow of a river and a flow meter that accurately measures flow rate in meters per second. The trolling motor is used to run simulated tests in the lab that are similar to the flow rates collected in the rivers. The flow meter is used to measure flow rates in the lab, but in the rivers to ensure the lab simulation is as close to real as possible. The results for this project were recorded in the lab using a trolling motor, Spark data collection unit, flow meter and 12v bulb turbine and results recorded in the rivers using the flow meter and Spark data collection unit. The data recorded to date support the alternate hypothesis for this project. The project has successfully produced sufficient amounts of electricity to power electronics through the simulation of flow rates collected from local rivers. These findings this project produced make it known that portable hydropower from rivers will produce enough electricity to power small electronics. This project will be bringing portable turbines to these rivers used in the project and powering small electronics.