Potato provides cheap electricity

by Donny on December 17, 2010

What was the coolest science project you ever saw?

To this day, one that stands out that I saw as a kid was a potato giving power and lighting up a bulb.

It might not be that practical but it would at least be a cheap energy source.

I’ve never been that big of a science guy, but this one intrigued me, and I just had to know how this was even remotely possible.

Another thing I remember is the explanation: A potato consists of different ions, salts, starches and water.

Ions, which have electrically charged are released by the salts with a positive and a negative charge which is what it takes to send energy to the light bulb.

Later, I found out that you can make a battery out of a potato.

This requires one to put two different types of metals into the potato (examples include gold, silver, copper, tin).

Positive and negative electrical charges will attract each other, and this can cause a reaction within the salt and chlorine of the potato, thus creating electrons, the carriers for electricity.

If you try hooking up a sensitive electric meter with a wire to each of the metals, electrons will flow from the negative metal, through the connection to the more positively charge metal, and will work as a battery.

Unfortunately though, this isn’t exactly practical. It’s nothing more than an interesting experiment.

Until we find a way to provide electricity to our homes with a potato, we’ll just have to use the old-fashioned electricity companies.

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