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Water Flow Generator: Innovating Water Faucet Use

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Engineering Physics and Physics Division Technical Session 2

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Engineering Physics and Physics

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Bala Maheswaran Northeastern University

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Bala Maheswaran, PhD
Northeastern University
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Boston, MA 02115

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Yifan Guo

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Alejandro Hervella

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Aleksei Pavlov

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Minh Duc Dinh

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In the past decades, people are using more electricity in their daily life; therefore, it is crucial to develop methods to produce energy from day-to-day doings. Considering our average daily use, we designed a devise to harness energy from water flow using fundamental physics concepts. Hydroelectric power is considered as one of the cleanest alternative energy but it is still not widely and efficiently used by most of today’s energy enterprises. In this paper, we will present a water flow generator to produce electrical energy from the day-to-day water use at home. The flow generator design is a micro view of the hydroelectric power plant combined with the idea of using rechargeable and energy storable devices. This will help to generate electrical energy to support some of the devices used daily by people. The prototyping idea of the water flow generator is based on the minuscule hydropower generator and will take advantage of water flow from faucets.

This study explores the practicality of converting water flow energy into electrical energy with a mini generator design using simple physics concepts. Effectively harnessing water flow could recover a significant amount of usable electrical energy from simple, everyday actions with minimal impact to daily operation. This design shows promise for the future of off-grid energy generation. The skills learned from this fluid physics based project were invaluable, as research, design, trial and error, as well as technical writing are all important experiences within engineering education. This generator not only provides scientists and researchers with more valuable information about alternative energy, but is also capable of educating the everyday person about the basics of engineering and physics as well as the importance of renewable resources from day-to-day activities.

Maheswaran, B., & Guo, Y., & Hervella, A., & Pavlov, A., & Dinh, M. D. (2019, June), Water Flow Generator: Innovating Water Faucet Use Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33545

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