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Boiled Potatoes: A Cheap Source of Electricity

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A Cheap Source of Electricity.

Boiled Potatoes: A Cheap Source of Electricity

Scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel said on July 6, 2010 that they had devised a way to produce electricity using boiled potatoes.

As per the report published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, batteries based on the new technology could provide a cheap source of electricity to the developing world.

The treated potato battery generates energy that is 5 to 50 times cheaper than commercially available batteries. A light powered by this battery is at least six times more economical than the kerosene lamps often used in the developing world.

The ability to provide electrical power by such simple and natural means could benefit millions of people in the developing nations, bringing light and telecommunication to their lives in areas currently lacking electrical infrastructure.

During the research, the scientist discovered a way to construct an efficient battery using Zinc and copper electrodes and a slice of an ordinary potato. They found that boiling the potato prior to use in electrolysis increased electric power up to 10-fold over the untreated potato and even weeks.

It is worth mentioning here that potatoes are produced in 130 countries over a wide range of climates and thus available all year round. It is the world's number one non-grain starch food commodity.

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