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Report into Electricity Generation and Sustainable Energy

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Tyler DhaliwalSustainable Energy Project ReportFri/Dec/7th/12 ________________ Table of Contents Table of Contents1 List and Pictures of Tools and Materials2 Introduction3 Evaluation Questions and Answers3-13 Research Questions3 Research Answers4, 5, 6, 7 Summary of Observations8, 9, 10, 11 Additional Research and Diagrams12, 13 Drawings Pertaining to the Project14-17 Thumbnail Sketches14 Isometric Drawing 15 Electrical Schematic ………………………………………………………………………..16 Overhead Map of Consumer…………………………………………………………….17 Activity Log and Rubric18 Additional Pictures19 Works Cited20 Materials The following tools and materials were utilised in both the construction and operation of our consumer (Air Canada Centre) and generators: - 1 Coping saw and 1 back saw - 2 files and 2 rasps - 4 3’ by 3’ pieces of sandpaper - 1 soldering iron - 450 mL of carpenter’s glue - 6’’ of solder - 2 wooden clamps - 200 mL of Phytoplankton - 1.5 grams of yeast and sugar - 1 12’’ ruler - 2 alligator clips - 1 ½ hp centrifugal pump - 1 gear kit ad 1 check valve - 103 Lego pieces - 20 hot glue sticks - 1 hot glue gun -2 pairs of scissors - 2 paint brushes - 18 2.5’’ nails - 4 screws -10 hose clamps - 3’ of plastic tubing - 6’’ of PVC pipe - 10 plastic spoons - 50 g of gelatin - 3 L.E.Ds - 21’’ of copper wire - 25’’ of aluminum foil - 10 toy cars - 2 ¼’’ end caps - 100 cm3 of river sediment - 1 propeller - 500 mL of water - 2 4.5’’ by 4.5’’ by 6.5’’ acrylic containers - 2 50’’ by 35.5 inch foam boards - 5’ of masking tape and duct tape - 25’ of wood and 1 35.5’’ by 21.5’’ piece of MDFB - 91 cm of conductor (45.5 cm of negative and positive) - 1 drill with 3 accordingly sized bits - 300 mL of green paint - 1 etching knife - 200 g of salt Introduction Ever since mankind discovered the electrical capabilities of catfish and eels in Egypt, interest in harnessing and utilising their “power” has been the subject of thought for numerous scientists. ...read more.


6. If sky high power bills have you thinking about ways to reduce your electricity consumption, you may be pleased to learn that you can cut back without affecting your standard of living. Firstly inspect your home?s insulation. Poorly insulated exterior walls and crawlspaces allow warm and cool air to escape from the dwelling causing your furnace or air conditioner to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home. Also, replace outdated appliances with new energy efficient models. Appliances carrying the Energy Star label run 75 percent more efficiently than appliances manufactured even a few years ago. Some electric companies will even give homeowners a discount on their power bills just for using appliances that require less electricity to operate. By replacing incandescent light bulbs with new compact florescent bulbs, you can reduce consumption because florescent bulbs use less energy, burn brighter and last longer than standard bulbs. Turn the thermostat up in the summer and down in the winter. The energy used to run furnaces and central air conditioning systems makes up the majority of all energy usage for the typical American household. Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees in the summer and 70 degrees in the winter to reduce electricity consumption and keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round. Most obvious of all is to turn off any appliances that aren?t in use as they are using electricity to operate for no purpose whatsoever. 7. Every month when you receive your electricity bill, you probably cringe at the amount you must pay, so to reduce that cost, use the following tips. Firstly, try using any appliance after peak demand or on peak hours of electrical consumption as the price per Kwh decreases with the amount of consumed electricity. By inspecting/re-insulating or weather stripping your walls, windows, and doors, your house will heat faster and remain heated for longer as drafts cannot enter the house to cause the furnace to do more work. ...read more.


thus creating a water tight seal. We then encountered a loss of suction in the eater pump, and after a little research, we discovered that we installed the check valve upside down, so we re-installed it right side up. Drilling the holes in the fragile acrylic containers was also difficult and required some guts and patience along with two people to tell you if your drill is lined up properly. While soldering, the base metal wouldn?t heat up, thus preventing the solder from melting into the connections open pores since the soldering iron was broken, so we replaced it with a new one and carried on with our work. The gears on the hydro turbine were constantly clashing with each other, thus making it harder to spin, so we simply re-aligned the gears and altered the distance between them so that they would mesh properly and therefore spin faster. While mounting the bicycle, it would sway too much when a force was applied to it, so we simply screwed the seat to the wooden base to solve the problem. Lastly, since the aesthetics were quite complex, we simply designed them on Microsoft word n interest of time, which was our greatest problem overall that could?ve been solved by better decision making and goal setting. If we were given the opportunity to re-do the assignment, we wouldn?t change much other than adding zooplankton to the river sediment mixture to decompose the dead phytoplankton faster, thus creating electricity at a faster rate. We would also take more time into carefully planning and making each decision and goal before making one, comparing the benefits and the consequences of doing something or not doing something. In conclusion, this experience has not taught me the value of time management/self-regulation, but also how to prevent such an issue from occurring again by setting better goals and by making more time-based (rather than performance-based) decisions. ...read more.

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