Discipline: Technology and Engineering
Subcategory: Physics (not Nanoscience)
Esteban Benero - Valencia College
Co-Author(s): Andres Benero - Valencia College - Orlando, FL
The biggest challenge with most green energy systems are the interruptions of energy production. Most interruptions are caused by unpredictable weather changes such as rain. But, what if rain was a means of collecting power instead of the cause of its interruption? The opportunity for enhancements of established green energy technologies could be developed by identifying their flaws and uncovering new solutions. For seven days rainfall was collected through a 10ft long gutter system connected to a 5 U.S. gallon bucket, located in Deltona, FL. To calculate the energy using Bernoulli’s Equation (a physics formula for Conservation of Energy in fluids) it was necessary to collect the time, date and volume of rain for each day. With the collected data a graph was later created to visually represent the relationship between time, volume and energy. It was discovered that by finding the slope of two different days (two different points within the graph) the amount of power produced by rainfall could be calculated and represented in units of watts. As a result of all the data collected and calculated it was confirmed that the rain contains energy. Although, this gutter system by itself cannot be used as an independent source of energy (due to the inconsistencies of weather changes), it could still be a complimentary system to other ‘green’ energy technologies.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): LSAMP ; Valencia College
Faculty Advisor: Ian O'Toole, firstname.lastname@example.org
Role: Met with Physics Professor Angela Cortes for consultation on how to evaluate the collected data and for guidance on how to calculate the energy in rainfall. Assisted with building the gutter system. Completed all calculations for the research (conversions of gallons to m^3, Bernoulli?s Equation, velocity, etc.). Organized the data collecting setup (established what information was necessary to obtain). Created the graph, via excel. Created the charts which contained the data collected, via excel. Participated in putting together the poster and abstract. Handled most of the communications with WPS, LSAMP Advisor, Librarian and Professors, via email. Gathered data when colleague was not able to. Chose location for the research.