There are many ways to generate electricity but storing it requires batteries or capacitors, which need to be charged often.
The purpose of this educational group is to research and experiment to create batteries and capacitors that can store more power, charge quickly and last longer.
All ideas are welcome especially from makers, technicians and electricians.
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Separators for batteries can be thin membranes such as tissue paper or J cloth, and can be soaked in the electrolyte after positioning / placement.
Separators for Capacitors can be thin sheets of dry paper or plastic such as lamination sheets, dust sheets, bin liners or thin plastic shopping bags. Oil is also a good insulator.
Form factor: Both the battery and capacitor should have electrical contacts (lugs) and an enclosure or container such as a plastic or metal casing of a size and shape suitable for the intended use.
A Cell is one set of Cathode / Anode / Electrolyte in a single insulated container.
Surface Area of the electrodes is important in providing enough Amperage for your appliances, to power a 12 Volt drill for example. Surface area can be increased by using metal mesh instead of plates or rods, or electroplating some Graphite or Carbon nano-tubes onto your electrodes.
Arrangement of battery cells:
Typically we are aiming for 12V or 5V and as much Amperage as possible.
Power (current) is shown in Watts and is Volts X Amps
If you are running a motor, a higher voltage battery will make it run faster, and a high Amps battery will make it run for a longer time.
A higher current will also produce more torque in a motor, meaning it has more turning power.
Insulator and Conductor:
A good Insulator will block the flow of electricity between parts, such as plastic, paper, glass, air, oil, etc.
A good Conductor will allow the electricity to flow, such as copper wire, graphite, salt water, silver, gold, etc.
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