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A 15-Year-Old Student Found a Way to Generate Power From the Ocean!

14 OCT 2015
Career Path : Education News

15-year-old Hannah Herbst from Boca Raton, Florida, designed a probe that harvests power and fresh water from ocean currents for developing countries. For her accomplishments, Herbst won the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, and was awarded a $25,000 prize along with the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

Business Insider reports that Hannah Herbst’s probe “consists of a 3D-printed propeller, connected by a pulley inside a plastic PVC pipe to a hydroelectric generator, which converts the mechanical movement of ocean currents to usable electricity.”

During the testing of her invention, Herbst was capable of generating enough power (from the Boca Raton Intracoastal Waterway) to light up a set of LEDs. The best part? The energy probe is made entirely from recycled materials and costs a mere $12 to make.

Once can only imagine how much electricity can be generated if this device were a lot bigger—Herbst says if it were scaled up, her probe could harvest enough energy to charge three car batteries in under an hour!


Source: Business Insider