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Make Free Electricity by Pouring Water from a Can



Of all the science stuff I’ve ever seen, this free electricity experiment has caught my eyes and is by far the most simple and interesting. It uses a source of water, two cans and two recipients. Sounds simple enough? Professor Walter Lewin from MIT let us see how he does it:

Presumably, this experiment involves the phenomenon of electrostatic discharge. Static electricity accumulates from the friction of the air with water on both sides, is stored into the two circular cans and the collection buckets.

The charge disturbs normal water flow for a few seconds, and after the voltage difference between the two is high enough to permeate air, the spark occurs.

One could use this free electricity device to light up a fire or charge a small battery where there’s no other source of electricity present. Of course, patience is needed – the free electricity developed by this is small, but I guess pouring in higher volumes of water can yield more useful results.

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