Saltwater Battery Investigation

Project Name: Salt Energy Battery

Your Name: Panharith Yav

Question:

What are the elements can be used to create the saltwater battery?

Background Information:

The electrical battery is the devices that made out of one or more electrochemical cell which is a device that necessary to generate electrical energy or facilitate the chemical reaction to generate the energy. Nowadays, batteries are really common daily in used for flashlights, phones, cameras and many other electrical suppliers. Moreover, there are two terminals on the batteries which are the positive terminal called cathode and the negative terminal called anode. With the electrolytes inside the battery, it allows the cathode and anode to exchange the ions when they move in one direction as they deliver the electricity and it will recharge when it moves to another direction. Currently, the batteries that people use daily are really effective to the environment when they throw it away. So, now people are trying to discover a new type of batteries that have no damage on the environment and sustainable for daily life uses.

Salt Water Battery:

Saltwater battery is the battery that has salty water, copper, zinc that attached to each other in the cup. With normal fresh water is very poor to the conductor of electricity but if we add salt into the solution it’ll become an electrolyte solution that can conduct electricity. So by adding salt to the pure water, when the salt or sodium chloride dissolved, they separate into different electrically charged atom which is called ions; when the salt is dissolved in will turn into the positive Na (sodium) ions and the negative Cl (chloride) ions. Additionally, electricity work through the negative charge and positive charge in the battery. Normally, we use copper wire in the electrical product; copper is a type of metal which it can conduct electricity really well. Zinc more readily to loses electrons than copper, so if we place zinc and copper metal in solutions of their salts can cause electrons to flow through an external wire which leads from the zinc to the copper. So in the middle of the solution, we can place a LED light to test, you will see the light is gleaming.

Hypothesis:

The zinc will lose their electrons to try to balance their atoms, so the copper will receive the electrons from zinc which in that process there is electricity between both of it.

Experiment or Design:

To design this experiment first we need five medium-size beakers, six alligators clips, five zinc coins and five copper plates.

Step to Build the Experiment:

Step 1: Filled the beakers with 200 mL of fresh water each.

Step 2: Add 3 tablespoons of table salt to those beakers.

Step 3: Connect the alligator clip one side to the zinc coins and another to the copper plate.

   **(Make Sure there a clip connect to only zinc coin and another connection to only copper plate)**

Step 4: Place the coppers plates and zinc coin in the beakers (in one beaker there should be one zinc coin and one copper plate that not touch each other).

Step 5: There should be one beaker with the only copper plate and one with only zinc coin so place the remaining copper and zinc to the beaker where it missing.

Step 6: After placing the two remaining component there should be two sides of the alligators clip left.

Step 7: Connect the two side of the alligators clip to electronic devices such as LED and voltmeter to find how much the salt battery can conduct.

Data Charts:

The data show that when we added more salt into the water the voltage is increased at the same time.

Results:

According to the data above, in the result, the salt water battery is able to conduct a small amount of electricity. The graph shows that the voltage is increased over time when you add more salt to the water. Moreover, after the voltage is increasing it often falling back for example in about the 22 seconds the voltage is increasing but look at the 27 and 30 seconds the voltage is falling back. Even though this is a few voltages that the salt water battery had conducted, you can say that if you were to design it on a larger scale it may run for a whole house or classroom light. Additionally, if you look at the LED light that attached to the solution you can clearly saw that it actually glow. So when zinc loses electrons and the copper gain one, and if we place zinc and copper metal in solutions of their salts can cause electrons to flow through an external wire which leads from the zinc to the copper. The electron that flows from zinc to copper will create the current and will to be electricity.

Conclusion:

The graph result shows that the voltage is increased over time when you add more salt to the water. Moreover, after the voltage is increasing it often falling back for example in about the 22 seconds the voltage is increasing but look at the 27 and 30 seconds the voltage is falling back. This clearly shows that the salt water battery is working and we also saw the there are some amount of voltages. Moreover, we can see the pattern when the voltages were going up and falling back when and after we added more salt into the solution, According to the result and the data distributed we can say that the result strongly supports the hypothesis up above. Additionally, the result means that the topic of salt water battery should be the next focus for scientists who try to develop the green energy. Besides, this experiment is on a small scale so the result doesn’t really affect the people perspective on using the salt water battery but if it were to be a larger scale it would of do so. So the next plan is, how can we develop salt water battery into a larger scale and when are we able to do it so?

Bibliography:

Works Cited

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Dhurde, Samir. “Salt Water Battery.” Toys from Trash. Web. 14 Sept. 2017.

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Book:

Hands-On Chemistry Activities with Real-Life Applications

3.4.2 Energy Transformation, Page 283

Solar Cooker Investigation

I had learned in investigation class, in this expertise we were doing experiment about some science. We have seven weeks to learn and make a report to show our teacher. Here is my report:

Project Name: Solar Cooker
Your Name: Panharith Yav & Hongly Phal

Question:
What is the highest temperature of cooking with Solar cooker can get?

Background Information:
Cooking is the art, technology and craft of preparing food by the using up of heat. Cooking is a unique technique that people all around the world like to do and learn. There are many type of resources that people around the world use for cook, such as grilling food over an open fire to use electric stove, to baking in different type of oven, using solar cooker and more types of cooking resources. Also there are many chiefs in many restaurant around the world that cook food to serve to the quests. The scientist says that there are people in the past 250,000 years ago has been cooked food with fire even though there were a research that says the first fire was appeared in the past 400,000 years ago. In cooking method we have different types of cook, it include baking, roasting, frying, grilling, barbecuing, smoking, boiling, steaming and braising. Our project is about the solar cooker. Solar cooker is a device that uses the direct sunlight to heat, cook food or drinks such as milk. Even though there are many type of powerful and expensive cooker that cooks for a hundred peoples, solar cooker is no use of fuel so that not going to affect to the environment. Also the solar cooker is helping many chief to save their money of spending for buying fuel and does not affect their health. There are many types of solar cooker that had appeared on earth such as curved concentrator solar cookers, solar ovens, penal cookers and among more of them. The solar cooker morality is to concentrating sunlight, converting light energy to heat energy and trapping heat energy. But although the solar cooker only can be use under the hot sunny day, it cannot be used under the cloudy day.

Hypothesis:
Our hypothesis is that we predict that one part of the experiment solar cooker will help to save electric energy for cooking. Also we predict that electric cooker will cooked faster than our solar cooker because it is rainy reason and there less sunlight.

Experiment or Design:

Required Material:
Pod
Thermometer
Water
Pen/Pencil and notebook

Step to Do Experiment:
Step 1: Fill your pods with water for 1 liter.
Step 2: Put your solar cooker under the sun and pre-heated your solar cooker for about 5 minutes.
Step 3: Measure temperature of the water before putting it onto the solar cooker.
Step 4: Put the pods right in the middle of the cooker.
Step 5: Then check the temperature of the water in every 20 minutes in 1 hour, total times.

Tips:
Find the sunny place
Face your cooker toward the sun.

Data Charts:

First Experiment:
Place: Near Swimming pool
Direction to the sun: South-west
Time: 2:22 p.m.
Water Level: 1 liter
Total Time: 1 hour

Data:
Times: Temperature:
Started Point 27.2222 degrees celsius
20 Minutes 37.7778 degrees celsius
40 Minutes 40 degrees celsius
60 Minutes 40 degrees celsius

Second Experiment:
Place: Senior Campus
Direction to the sun: West
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Water Level: 1 liter
Total Time: 1 hour

Data:
Times: Temperature:
Start: 26.6667 degrees celsius
20 Minutes: 36.6667 degrees celsius
40 Minutes: 38.8889 degrees celsius
60 Minutes: 40.5556 degrees celsius

Results:
After doing our experiments many times we find out that our product didn’t work well with our pod so we need to design the new product to keep more heat inside the pod. We should make the solar cooker that can keep more heat and for our product we can only react to about 4.56 degrees celsius.

Conclusion:
In conclusion we need to change our design so that it can trap more heat. The temperature only can reached to about 40.56 degree celsius. So we find out that our hypothesis is quite wrong, our design help to save energy from cooking with gas but it take much longer time.

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