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Vor year
Jesse Berg
Jesse Berg

Instead of over heating a water pump u should use a air stone in a 2 inch pvc pipe to get the water back to ur tank, it will use a lot energy , but it has to be 90 degrees for more friction

Vor 22 Tage
Jesse Berg
Jesse Berg

Instead of over heating a water pump u should use a air stone in a 2 inch pvc pipe to get the water back to ur tank, it will use a lot energy , but it has to be 90 degrees for more friction

Vor 22 Tage
Jesse Berg
Jesse Berg

Instead of over heating a water pump u should use a air stone in a 2 inch pvc pipe to get the water back to ur tank, it will use a lot energy , but it has to be 90 degrees for more friction

Vor 22 Tage
Jesse Berg
Jesse Berg

Instead of over heating a water pump u should use a air stone in a 2 inch pvc pipe to get the water back to ur tank, it will use a lot energy

Vor 22 Tage
Jesse Berg
Jesse Berg

Instead of over heating a water pump u should use a air stone in a 2 inch pvc pipe to get the water back to ur tank, it will use a lot energy

Vor 22 Tage
Jason
Jason

I can imagine the neighbors. “He’s up on the roof again!”

Vor year
Jason Smith
Jason Smith

I usually build a woodpile or put up a fence to shield my neighbors from my weirdness :) Its great to see though. Excellent project :)

Vor 15 Tage
Dave McCage
Dave McCage

He definitely doesn’t have an HOA.

Vor 15 Tage
Greg L
Greg L

I can imagine the neighbors. "He's up on the roof again!"...... that's what you sound like.

Vor Monat
Jan de Vries
Jan de Vries

😂😂😂

Vor Monat
Jamie Lane
Jamie Lane

,z"the

Vor Monat
Igbf
Igbf

Just to put into perspective, the 14.200 Joules you calculated at 2:27 are equal to 3.94 (lets round it to 4) Watts-hour of energy... That is roughly the energy stored on SINGLE alkaline AA battery (around 2.5Ah times 1.5V), or about a quarter of the energy stored on an average mobile phone li-ion battery (around 16Wh). For me is mind blowing just how SMALL is the energy stored in form of potential energy when compared to the methods we are used to every day.

Vor 2 Monate
Laura Haaima
Laura Haaima

@jiannisDimi And yes.. almost undo-able.. Maybe Cody has the amount of mercury needed.. And Smarter everyday the engineering capability's Would love to see it work.

Vor Monat
Laura Haaima
Laura Haaima

Thanks.. !

Vor Monat
jiannisDimi
jiannisDimi

@Laura Haaima you are a genious...though you need a very good construction and expensive parts, quick silver itself is difficult to buy...

Vor Monat
Infinion
Infinion

@Igbf yeah its the same energy. That said, the AA battery would need to be discharged really gently to get the full energy out, and wouldn't be rechargeable after. Same with the Li-ion phone battery. Gentle discharges, and it'd stop performing after a year of being fully charged and discharged. IMO a really good comparison to a water battery is a supercapacitor. a 3000F 2.85V supercap can store about 12kJ of energy and is 2.3" diameter 6" tall roughly. The best part is you can get almost a kW out of it if you needed, while the water would be limited to the tubing diameter and turbine size.

Vor Monat
Infinion
Infinion

​@William Mitchell But efficiency is a great topic to cover. That pump is not matched to the solar panel (5W vs 50W) so you're throwing away most, if not all, of the energy. It's a great topic to work out component sizing as well as the efficiency of each component. Once you match the pump power to the generator, you could try to increase the efficacy by looking at flow rate vs pressure / head vs power and see if a centrifugal pump has a higher efficacy than a diaphragm pump (the one in the video). If a centrifugal pump operates at a fraction of the power at the same head and flow rate, it means you can add more storage capacity, or you can downsize your solar panel.

Vor Monat
Chris Barron
Chris Barron

If you needed heat I think it would be better to store the solar recovered electricity as heat in the water barrel, because water has one of the best heat capacities of most everyday liquids. Then in the evening after the solar panels have heated an element in the water to raise it's temp you can pump the heated liquid around radiators for a boost

Vor 3 Monate
Nothing To See Here
Nothing To See Here

Also, you can use the pressure as a feedback mechanism to cut off the pump when full (no need to run wires), the float switch can just close the hose and a pressure switch at the bottom can turn it off electrically 🙂

Vor 2 Monate
Greg Senior
Greg Senior

Science rite up in heer!

Vor Monat
Andi Archer
Andi Archer

A ball cock system as used in a flush toilet would close off the tank feed.

Vor 2 Monate
1Real truth Right now
1Real truth Right now

This is insane. I have been thinking about this or doing something like this for 6 years and now this video pops up. Wow, I gotta stop being lazy and just DO IT!

Vor 2 Monate
Average_Dan
Average_Dan

Years ago I calculated that I'd need to suspend a volume of concrete that had the same square footage as my home and 9ft tall, over 35 feet in the air to have enough potential energy to power my home for a day. That quickly destroyed all ambitions I had of using potential energy as a means of energy storage.

Vor 3 Monate
World Comics Review
World Comics Review

@Nipuna Gunarathne The "new" (actually a decade older, but not as energy-dense so ignored until recently) Lithium Iron batteries have thousands of cycles in them before significant degredation.

Vor Monat
Youri Igar
Youri Igar

i was thinking some type of silo big farmers use for milk those are massivr

Vor Monat
Yeah Right Graphics
Yeah Right Graphics

Arrgh... about time you archaic Americans went to metric

Vor Monat
Letame Espianto
Letame Espianto

Io ricordo nozione che l' Italia vende elettricità alla Svizzera nel dì e la compra a prezzi multipli di notte: la Svizzera accumula in laghi artificiali.

Vor Monat
Scott K
Scott K

@Zac Chapman Would you please explain what you mean by: "one can get about 25% energy consumption from the average home..." To [get consumption from] anything, is illogical. (except tuberculosis, prior to the discovery of its cause)

Vor Monat
noisycarlos
noisycarlos

Really cool demonstration! It definitely needs big scale though! The 14000 joules the water drum can store is equivalent to 4Wh (a AA battery like he said, or roughly enough to charge a phone to 20%). It makes me appreciate how good lithium batteries are at storing energy!

Vor 2 Monate
Girizd Loránd
Girizd Loránd

You May get a H2O electrolisator to get Hydrogen (to be stored in superhigh pressure cans) and some oxigén. After the Sun goes down, you turn on your H2-electricity-generator and it makes h2o into the air. You need circa 50 kW sunroof; 15 kW for the daytime and 35 kW for making more the 27 kWh for the "FuelCell generator". Hungary use the unused energy in H2O elektrolisator to get hydrogen but we use them beside the LNG (or LPG?). They can boost the gas-powerplant.

Vor 2 Monate
Zynskav Zynskav
Zynskav Zynskav

Yeah, thats why Li-Ion battery so powerful and used in electric cars these days

Vor 2 Monate
noisycarlos
noisycarlos

@I'm 11 years old the average power consumption in the USA is 28.9 KWh per day. If you had the water 30 feet (~3 floors) above the ground, you would need 1,283 tons of mass to power the house for one day. That's 308,173 gallons of water. So it's not very practical for a single house.

Vor 2 Monate
I'm 11 years old
I'm 11 years old

so how much storage would i need to make the potential water energy to power my house for a few days?

Vor 2 Monate
Patrick mc manus
Patrick mc manus

Thank you! Great job of doing science with your kids! Engaging their natural curiosity,experience and questions. So much better than just teacher/ authority demonstrating! Good thinking family man scientist

Vor 3 Monate
Breaknfaces
Breaknfaces

it would be interesting to see how long the power lasted on full throttle

Vor 3 Monate
Koubena Kombi
Koubena Kombi

You would need a MPPT controller, similar to wind turbines, to make a rational use of that variation.

Vor 2 Monate
Michael Davison
Michael Davison

Very clear demonstration of the basic concept, thanks. I also went through this thought process: I have a few solar panels that I can't store the excess power from - I considered this approach but I'd need about a 10m tower with about 5 tonnes of water to achieve the capacity of one car battery. Like one of those water towers you see at railway stations in old Westerns. So now I have half a dozen car batteries. If someone would buy me a lake I'd be more than happy to set up some pumped storage.

Vor 2 Monate
Paul Lawley-Walker
Paul Lawley-Walker

Let's hope he doesn't live in an area where they have any high winds or hurricanes, as if that lot comes down not only is his house going to get an unexpected massive hole in his roof, it could end up killing someone. The support doesn't look that secure considering the weight up there.

Vor 2 Monate
Allan Beaupré
Allan Beaupré

This is brilliant! I love to see a father teaching his passion to his kids. Keep up the good work!

Vor year
Asoka
Asoka

yeah true. his son seems excited, but daughter seems bored. she probably ends up being a tiktoker in the future.

Vor 3 Monate
James Kisacky
James Kisacky

@Joe Biden is a complete idiot they are too busy trying to figure out which of the 50+ genders their students are

Vor 4 Monate
Kenneth Draper
Kenneth Draper

We already have this, it's called hydro energy. The green types are currently trying to get it destroyed because they say the same destroy ecology.

Vor 6 Monate
Jairo Stoco
Jairo Stoco

I thought the same, that's fantastic!!

Vor year
Joe Biden is a complete idiot
Joe Biden is a complete idiot

This is a kind of teacher we need in schools not this woke bulk crap we got now that is completely useless and detrimental

Vor year
Stu K
Stu K

This is absolutely incredible! Well done.

Vor 2 Monate
Patrick mc manus
Patrick mc manus

Thank you! Great job of doing science with your kids! Engaging their natural curiosity,experience and questions. So much better than just teacher/ authority demonstrating! Good thinking family man scientist !

Vor 3 Monate
B Linzy
B Linzy

Cool video, and just remember to watch out for code enforcers that want you to check the roof loading before installation, for instance solar panels often require roof framing to be checked for supporting an additional 5 psf in panel locations. Most roofs are designed for 20 to 25 psf snow load for most roofs in low snow load areas and putting a barrel of water and framing have a significant amount of weight, e.g. 55 galons * 8.33 lbs/gallon = 458.15 lbs. for just the water in a full barrel. As an engineer that designs structures, I recommend having an engineer check the roof trusses, but as adults, you can make your own choices. Trusses are usually designed initially by the manufacturers, but any structural engineer can check the loading. Maybe an engineer working for a truss manufacturer can do it more quickly. Here in Oregon and many states have weird laws about water harvesting and storage too, but many people get away with things as long as they get along with their neighbors.

Vor 2 Monate
Dave E
Dave E

Could you just dig a deep hole in your yard tech?

Vor 2 Monate
HogVlog Films
HogVlog Films

As a lisenced architect, I'm not as concerned about the static concentrated vertical loading from that water tank as I am about dynamic lateral loading from wind and especially any siesmic forces. That tank isn't well secured, and even it it was, when it's partially full, it's subject something ship and boat engineers are all too familiar with called "free surface effect" of unbaffled fluids inside of a container like a ship's hull - or a rain barell perched 7 meters up on the peak of a roof. Sloshing fluids can create resonance. This in turn can capsize boats - or destroy a roof in short order given the right frequency. Cool demonstration of potential kinetic energy, hopefuly nothing bad happens.

Vor 2 Monate
James Levermore
James Levermore

This is incredible. You are a fantastic teacher, really inspiring stuff. Thank you. Now to watch some more.

Vor 19 Tage
Jim Lee
Jim Lee

Love it! Enjoyable and fun learning. Well done Sir.

Vor 2 Monate
BLUERAY
BLUERAY

That's so cool...love the whole video. Great teaching video!! And I want to build a patio roof like yours with those clear panels. I need photos of that 😁👍

Vor 3 Monate
Aaron Schocke
Aaron Schocke

I would add a second pump that is near the top to help relieve the load on the lower pump. The reason I would, is that you can keep the motor close to the source of power to keep the losses lower.

Vor 2 Monate
John Kelton
John Kelton

That was a fun and fascinating way to learn a little something I never thought of. Perfect for young, curious minds (and old ones like mine). Keep up the great work!

Vor Monat
A Woman's Intuition
A Woman's Intuition

I like this guy! I’m thinking if I were his kid, growing up with him how much fun and interesting my life would be. He probably knows deep down the example he’s setting , but even moreso he’s a “doer” and the benefit for his kids is great! Imagine the stories his kids will tell about their Dad to their kids… lol.

Vor year
Dumitru Pogolsa
Dumitru Pogolsa

He can be both! My mother is like this! I don’t want her to be “normal”! And my gf is not “normal”, she is painting and also telling awesome jokes, and also working and blushing like a child. I really don’t know what you mean by getting a normal pump, well you can buy everything you want nowadays, even a tank or an airplane. It just does not make sense for me to renounce your hobby to make your kids feel like “normal” ones. Well, they can be normal - play videogames, go to gym, fart like elephants, eat pop-corn and listen to funk or whatever is popular, why can’t they do that because of my hobby??

Vor 5 Monate
Ev M
Ev M

I totally agree, but there is no such thing as a perfect dad. There will be a point when everyone at home starts wishing they had a normal dad who buys a regular water pump like everyone else, someone who can provide some good stock advice to the kids, sits around with the family and have casual conversations about regular stuff which makes the wife feel that he actually cares more for the family than his stupid science experiments all the time. 🍷🤷🏻‍♀️

Vor 8 Monate
Agentlevanto
Agentlevanto

Love this - in New Zealand currently there’s talk of creating a mega battery out of Lake Onslow - 5TWh worth of storage apparently - I’d say massively distributed micro batteries like yours look more doable!

Vor Monat
Łukasz Czernal
Łukasz Czernal

Just incredible. Thank you for the effort, video, information, humor, etc

Vor 3 Monate
Angel Arch
Angel Arch

as a bonus, the rain can take over from the solar panel to store potential energy inside the water drum on the roof!:) and you can also add more drums on teh roof to store more than a day of solar power if you don't use it all up at night, or if it is raining day and night. IT will actually recharge with rain during the nighttime at the same time you use it.

Vor 2 Monate
crablegs21
crablegs21

I think it would be interesting to compare storing energy as a raised mass like in this video vs pressure differential like compressed air. I’d imagine compressed air wouldn’t be that efficient since it would get more difficult to pump as pressure increase so I would guess the pump would be most efficient in a small range of pressure similar to a car engine. But maybe you could show the relationship between pressure differential to voltage differentially when converting it back to electricity

Vor 2 Monate
Appalling68
Appalling68

You are an AMAZING Dad to involve your children in your science experiments. This is how you create little scientists which will change their lives (for the better) forever. Great job, dude.

Vor year
Dr Jo Jo
Dr Jo Jo

@DNFU Bub…that kid would be as happy as pig in shit if he could only have his I phone back!!!

Vor 2 Monate
Viper
Viper

@Evan Your point stands shit. The world around you is build by engineers and mechanics. Remove them and you will have only artists and cave dwellers in no time. Good luck getting your latte then.

Vor 2 Monate
Evan
Evan

@R S I wasn't denying what you said. And I'm not sure if it's true, but it is an interesting anecdote. You clearly weren't listening to what I said either. My points still stand.

Vor 7 Monate
R S
R S

@Evan Blaming corporations for the worlds problems is a red herring and generally only used people who don't bother to check the facts. I said the exact opposite. You just don't want to listen. Ignorance is not bliss.

Vor 7 Monate
Evan
Evan

@R S I don't know what you're alluding to, except you seem to equate wealth with major commerce. There's more to it then that. Most communities in this country are losing wealth, as it is being accrued by a smaller number of wealthy corporations. I'm making the claim that that is detrimental, and it would be better if people trained and educated themselves. Licensing and regulation has placed barriers on, what would otherwise be, our ability to create, learn, and evolve technology.

Vor 7 Monate
Pat Rick
Pat Rick

Imagine... if our schools had teachers like this

Vor 2 Monate
DeSpace Man
DeSpace Man

Don't need teachers what's stopping you for doing your own research or going public libraries which are free? Information is out there you just have to motivate yourself to get it.

Vor Monat
Edward Zabala
Edward Zabala

I love it! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us!

Vor 2 Monate
Ree Ree
Ree Ree

I haven't studied this kind of material since high school, (45 or 50 years ago) and I understood just about every concept demonstrated! Bravo to you!!!! Yay for me!!!

Vor 2 Monate
James Montigny
James Montigny

I love the concept and explanation. I'd like to see how efficiently this could be made for a residential installation in place of batteries for an off-grid home. Lithium batteries last 10-20 years and are super dense, but a water-based system that also leveraged rainwater collection could be a more eco-friendly solution if the retention pools were something other than plastic drums.

Vor 23 Tage
Jeffery Vahrenkamp
Jeffery Vahrenkamp

I think it'd be interesting to try and pump 55 gallons up to your roof using a single AA.

Vor year
PhillipZX3
PhillipZX3

@Brian Williams You call that "sealed." LOL!!!

Vor Monat
Brian Williams
Brian Williams

@I reckon I can build that What are you talking about? The power from the sun that was already not being utilized?

Vor Monat
Brian Williams
Brian Williams

@PhillipZX3 How will it evaporate in a sealed container?

Vor Monat
tbuitendyk
tbuitendyk

@mario schutrumpf solamente sirve en el caso de tener un fuente sin límite... porque una porción pequeña del agua es elevado

Vor 4 Monate
Benjamin
Benjamin

an electric sprayer wand uses 2AAA batteries and can pump about 10 gallons in my experience

Vor 4 Monate
Phillip Matthews
Phillip Matthews

Very interesting, you did a good job explaining how this works.

Vor 2 Monate
WM C
WM C

What a cool channel. I wish I had time to do projects like this with my kids. They are 2 and 5 so a bit young yet but when they get a bit older I am going to make the time. Your kids must love these projects. #CrazyMadScientistDad

Vor 2 Monate
Cain Jackson
Cain Jackson

This is an absolutely amazing idea!! I love smart people ❤️ god bless

Vor 2 Monate
Nothing To See Here
Nothing To See Here

A pulley or gear system would do well with that small thing, it's clearly a torque issue

Vor 2 Monate
Rob Ducharme
Rob Ducharme

This is tech I've known about for a while, but it's cool to see someone actually make a working version as a demonstration. This earned the channel a sub.

Vor year
BØRGE ODK
BØRGE ODK

@Dennis K Why don't you just back off - everybody has already noticed, that you bit off, more than you could chew, kiddo.

Vor 6 Monate
Dennis K
Dennis K

@BØRGE ODK so cute

Vor 6 Monate
BØRGE ODK
BØRGE ODK

@Dennis K Oh - I must have over estimated your intellectual abilities.

Vor 6 Monate
Dennis K
Dennis K

@BØRGE ODK depends on your intellectual abilities. You opposed pump storage to "nuclear and other dangerous shit" which is not correct. Apples to oranges sort of things.

Vor 6 Monate
BØRGE ODK
BØRGE ODK

@Dennis K Yes. Was that a hidden question?

Vor 6 Monate
Prentis Hancock
Prentis Hancock

Excellent project! I make that just under 4 watt-hours of power - enough to light your table light for four hours. There are several improvements you could make to this system. The solar panel is capable of producing a lot more energy so the excess should then be diverted to charging rechargeable batteries. The closed water system should be open to rainwater input - with overflow directed to charging batteries and further downstream being discharged to watering the garden via a planned irrigation system.

Vor 2 Monate
Christo du Plessis
Christo du Plessis

Interestingly, my country (South Africa) has one of the largest per capita CO2 footprints relating to electricity generation in the world. We also have the Drakensberg pumped storage scheme which is essentially a large 1000 MW hydro battery. Renewable, Hydro battery and carbon natural isn't necessarily the same thing. It takes some serious juice to pump that water uphill. Just note that.

Vor 2 Monate
Samantha James
Samantha James

Loved this video - really informative. Also love that it's in metric so I can understand it. At first I thought this must be a Canadian channel because of that. But please don't stop using it.

Vor 3 Monate
poplarponderosa
poplarponderosa

I thought about this a couple years ago but never investigated or experimented. Thanks for your efforts!

Vor 2 Monate
Cracked Emerald
Cracked Emerald

The wonderful thing about metric, is that you can easily calculate the necessary pump by taking how much water it needs to pump, (the joules), when you want it done (the time). Giving you around what you need.

Vor year
tralt135
tralt135

All these comments arguing about metric vs imperial and not one person pointing out that the original comment is dead wrong. This does not work because pumps are not 100% efficient! To appropriately size a pump for this purpose you would need to know the head loss of the tube and you would then need to consult the operating curves for the pump.

Vor 3 Monate
Eric Vauwee
Eric Vauwee

@King Masterlord This is by far the most stupid thing I have read in that regard ever in my whole life. You are aware of our decimal number system beeing literally defined as such indepentend from any units or systems of measurements? You guys use Inches to measure lenghts and then subdivide them into 1/64 etc but I bet you still understand that a price of $3.25 means 3 dollars and a quarter and that 17ct off is $3.25 - $0.17 or do you start to convert everything into fractions because decimals are "too complex"?

Vor 7 Monate
da1ve468 low e.t.'s
da1ve468 low e.t.'s

Who gives a shit?? 🤷🏻 Use whatever system you want to.. I fluently know BOTH, so kiss my ass.

Vor 9 Monate
Tai Viinikka
Tai Viinikka

@King Masterlord Imperial is base 12 ... sure. So, do you have anything to say that IS NOT a throwaway comment? Because your work here is kind of looking like nothing but throwaway. Do you plan on doing anything other than undermining plain sense?

Vor year
1224ChrisNg
1224ChrisNg

not necessarily, to play devils advocate, the everyday folk, even using metric (but not SI), would usually use km/h instead of m/s, and US customary engineers would use ft/s instead of mi/h just be glad that no country is run by joggers, they use minutes/mile, that's literally the opposite of speed

Vor year
Robin Connelly
Robin Connelly

Progress for sure. I like the idea of water storage as a battery. Perhaps you can think of some ways to create a more efficient pump and water wheel. These 2 items are very lossy. The advantage with batteries is you can draw a lot of current out of them whereas you need a big water wheel and generator to get enough power for, say, cooking. Interesting stuff

Vor 2 Monate
Andrii Gerasymchuk
Andrii Gerasymchuk

very inspiring, I think I've better understood the meaning of power/watt today, the way you're explaining it with water and valve was very intuitive. thanks)

Vor Monat
T-Bone t-bone
T-Bone t-bone

It’s great you include your children. You are greatly making a difference in guiding his life

Vor 2 Monate
maskvp mGy
maskvp mGy

Similarly, I plan to build a "thermal" battery for an off grid cabin. A black barrel filled with a salt brine solution and a copper coil running through the interior should retain enough heat from the sunlight to provide hot water 24/7 except in the most extreme cold snaps

Vor 2 Monate
kesakhan
kesakhan

I'm absolutely amazed that the tiny pump can actually move water to that height.

Vor year
Terra Firma
Terra Firma

Nature always does it better

Vor 4 Monate
Lou F
Lou F

@Libor Tinka I believe diaphragms are also beneficial due to the inherent backflow prevention.

Vor 7 Monate
Libor Tinka
Libor Tinka

@Nicholas Travers diaphragm pump - often used on yachts to e.g. flush toilets

Vor 11 Monate
Nicholas Travers
Nicholas Travers

what is that pump! how many days could it run before the pump fails?

Vor year
Carpe Diem Arts
Carpe Diem Arts

@Patrick Dellamore seven what?

Vor year
Gareth Davies
Gareth Davies

Fun video looked at this a couple of years back as Solar sucks when you factor in battery costs.Like the analogy with the battery if you lived on farmland with an elevated lake you could run a hydro electric and return water via solar .Ideally you have a fast flowing river :) Keep up the good work my kids love these videos very educational thanks

Vor 2 Monate
bla blup
bla blup

Nice experiment. I love the idea of peltier elements. Would be nice if you could build something funny/ useful with them.

Vor 2 Monate
SALTYCOMBATDIVER
SALTYCOMBATDIVER

Great job, I proposed this back in my days in applied physics classes. Nice to see it in practice! Of course you know that the problem comes down to larger volume of water and more efficient turbines.

Vor 3 Monate
SALTYCOMBATDIVER
SALTYCOMBATDIVER

@Trafalgar Law why must it be abandoned? We couldn't you build it yourself? Again, the problem isn't the water it's the water turbines.

Vor 2 Monate
Trafalgar Law
Trafalgar Law

It'd be doable if you could buy a property with like an abandoned water tower on it.

Vor 2 Monate
Hamish MacCuish
Hamish MacCuish

Just found your channel; MIND, BLOWN!!! 😂😂 I’m HUGLEY interested in a better way of living but have no background physics or engineering to understand how to make changes…these types of videos are so valuable! Thank you 🙏

Vor 3 Monate
Steven Foott
Steven Foott

Basically made a mechanical "battery" that stores gravitational potential energy instead of chemical energy, very cool.

Vor 7 Monate
mikeandnike123
mikeandnike123

@Ben doesn't make it any less cool tho

Vor 3 Monate
Ben
Ben

super old news

Vor 4 Monate
Best Books
Best Books

Thank you for this informative video. Can you try to use hydrogen as a battery?

Vor 2 Monate
Nikolai Damgård
Nikolai Damgård

1:18 The reason why the full jug was destroyed so much more was also because water is near incompressible, unlike air. That makes the jug more rigid on impact and thus the energy is dissipated on a much smaller area. Of course the increased mass is also a huge factor in the grade of destruction of the jug.

Vor Monat
kitsuslab
kitsuslab

i thought of this exact thing in school and i thought it was so brilliant i had to draw down a model lol. i saw all those stupid 3d models of the giant lithium ion batteries those shady companies wanted to build and i thought back to a video about how water towers on top of apartments stored energy.

Vor 2 Monate
Pierre Jenni
Pierre Jenni

Hi Quint ! Thank you so much for this video that made me think. I just purchased a chalet in the swiss alps and there is a spring of pristine water coming down from around 40 meters for a lenght of around 200 meters. Do you think I could use your tech to install a power station on the way ? It would be awsome because the solar energy is low in winter, but not the water. Thanks for your insights.

Vor 2 Monate
MineDrac
MineDrac

I love how you bring your family into your experiments and builds! Your kids are going to remember this for a lifetime :)

Vor year
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They will and their children's children will be able to experience this aswell because the battery should last a very very long time!

Vor year
D. Cantrell
D. Cantrell

From the information you gave I can increase your efficiency by 6.5% by using a string to run a switch close by the motor rather than running wire clear up to the roof. Changing over to a different impeller for your water will make a big difference and also going to a brushless generator the three phase and using a diode to make what you need. I believe you can easily double your efficiency right now just from what I've said.

Vor 2 Monate
Zac Chapman
Zac Chapman

I think it would be really cool if you could incorporate recycled materials like single use plastics in these renewable energy builds! E.G. Instead of 3D printing a wheel enclosure, you probably could have used something like an upside down milk jug.

Vor 3 Monate
LarzUzk
LarzUzk

Would be good to know the energy cost of producing the solar panel, barrel etc. And calculate how long you can use your light.

Vor 2 Monate
Jay J.
Jay J.

These systems are already in use on a large scale at hydro power plants, during periods of low demand they use the extra power to pump water to a reservoir that is at a higher elevation.

Vor 3 Monate
cwclifford
cwclifford

Hmm, that's exactly what he mentions at the end of the video.

Vor 2 Monate
Glyn Lucas
Glyn Lucas

What a superb example of how to do an educational YouTube video. No messing about, straight into the build with no patronising despite explaining everything clearly. Best of all, you didn't use 10 words where 1 word would do! Makes for great watching, thank you!

Vor 8 Monate
Mally Mac
Mally Mac

Great video really interesting. In terms of the technology, I’m no expert here, Cragside hall ( in Northumberland England )used a similar reservoir and a Archimedes screw to produce electricity in the house in the late 1800s. So agree not new tech 😊

Vor Monat
Dmitry Fomin
Dmitry Fomin

Hi! Thank you for this great idea proof! But how about instead of pumping water and solar electricity to use direct solar heating below to evaporate water up along tube and collect steam as water to upper reservoir ? 🤔Could it work?

Vor 3 Monate
erNomic
erNomic

Very cool. Would it be more efficient to hang the tank on some sort of pully or steep rail system using gravity to drive an alternator? More complicated, but I'm picturing a similar system using solar to fill an elevated tank. At night gravity feed an alternator, once the tank reaches the bottom have an auto drain hooked up to a hydro generator. Then have a counterweight reset the tank for the morning.

Vor 2 Monate
Fon Woolridge - Official channel!
Fon Woolridge - Official channel!

Brilliant video! Very interesting project... well done sir!

Vor 2 Monate
RevolutionsPerMinute
RevolutionsPerMinute

A fun and educational experiment! To help people make more comparisons, it might be useful to note that the 14,000 joules is about 4 watt hours, and that's about a third the capacity of an iPhone 13 battery.

Vor year
bland man
bland man

I think you should try an emergency tire inflator and store compressed air, that way the system could be at ground level. A small steam engine could generate the power.

Vor 3 Monate
B Linzy
B Linzy

Interesting idea with the mirrors. Hopefully the reflective panels don't become an annoyance reflecting the sun into the eyes of drivers on your street. My corrugated metal roof panels did that on my shop building when they were newer and still shiny.

Vor 2 Monate
motitire
motitire

Notice the slant? They are angled upwards...so maybe birds and angels might be bothered.

Vor Monat
Lenny Motta
Lenny Motta

Great project! I have an idea for another project. I wonder how much energy could be produced with a ducted fan of some sort mounted on a permanent magnet motor fed by the moving air through a NACA scoop or the most efficient air scoop. I have been fascinated by this idea ever since I ran across an experiment conducted in India to charge an electric car battery with moving air. I am converting a retired ambulance into an RV and want to find a way to augment my solar panels for charging my house battery bank as we travel from point to point.

Vor Monat
Adilson Claro
Adilson Claro

Congratulations my friend! Here in Portugal we have something similar with your project, but with big equipment involved. During the night, when energy consumption is lower, many Large wind Power Generators pump water from downstream to the dam upstream! So much of the energy generated by wind generators is reserved for use the next day!. Congratulations on the YouTube channel!

Vor 2 Monate
Strauss
Strauss

I was surprised that a AA battery could store an equivalent amount of power as that water drum.

Vor 6 Monate
kLONDIKE69 NONE
kLONDIKE69 NONE

@Mr Techie alone? well, for starters theres availibilty. Of refined fuel (which we barely have enough for our own needs) of locations suitable to have them as well. there needs to be water nearby. How about the fact most countries dont have near the GDP to start a nuclear program. I could go on but honestly my head hurts from having to do the thinking for the both of us.

Vor 2 Monate
Mr Techie
Mr Techie

@kLONDIKE69 NONE why couldn't the world's energy needs be met by nuclear power?

Vor 2 Monate
kLONDIKE69 NONE
kLONDIKE69 NONE

@A. Wadder Philtyr No but it was obvious you were trolling to that effect. read what i said again. If you think all the worlds energy needs could be met by nuclear alone, well you should maybe go check some facts out. maybe.

Vor 3 Monate
kLONDIKE69 NONE
kLONDIKE69 NONE

@Grizzly Bear your ignorance of the worlds vast energy needs is obvious and quite frankly painful to behold

Vor 3 Monate
ashy slashy
ashy slashy

@Grizzly Bear i agree for everyone's house.

Vor 3 Monate
carology waterless car wash
carology waterless car wash

This is great as this is the system I want to build strange as I was thinking about this 2 containers one hight then other recirculate the water pump run from solar connected to leasure batteries for storage and useage great seeing my visions here in reality working as I thought it would do thanks for this 👍

Vor 3 Monate
Dadla Ponizil
Dadla Ponizil

Thank you! Wonderful and edifying. Also great you had your children participate.

Vor 6 Tage
sobriquet50501
sobriquet50501

I would love to see a tesla turbine attached to this and see how that would work.

Vor 2 Monate
D Rock
D Rock

Love this. So glad I came across your channel. So informative and educational. Love it.

Vor 2 Monate
Mian imran ul haq
Mian imran ul haq

I was thinking of doing it. As I am about to build my new home. Can you guide me through how much tank (with volume) I need with how much height so that it gives me energy for three hours continuously

Vor Monat
P. B.
P. B.

Please do more of these solar projects. They are amazing!

Vor year
portneufflyer
portneufflyer

Having a 35 ton boom truck when I was off grid for 28 years, I too had this idea, but luckily never followed thru with it! Like a grandfather clock, it would for sure work but would be very inefficient, way too many mechanical and electrical losses. Flash forward:two days ago I finished burying a 2100' water line from a spring on the bottom of my 70 acres, solar pumped to a 2100 gallon tank 247' higher. It has occurred to me that once the tank is full I could run the excess into the line that leads to my micro hydro setup. Again, fun to fool with but hardly makes sense (I'll probably do it.)

Vor 3 Monate
John Swoboda
John Swoboda

You could build a raincatch that feeds water into the drum in the roof. Then you get power when it's raining, and that is exactly when the solar panels don't output any power. And you could use the water to power your bathroom light so you are effectively using the water on the roof to shower and at the same time power your bathroom light while you shower :-) 3 birds with one stone.

Vor 2 Monate
Filmiki Gacusia
Filmiki Gacusia

This is just swell !!! :) My dreams comes real on your channel. Thank you soooo much!

Vor 2 Monate
J Film
J Film

Liked and subscribed. Looking forward to watching more of your content 😀

Vor 2 Monate
Mr J. Skunkwerx
Mr J. Skunkwerx

Love how you get the kiddos involved when you can. They are going to be great assets to the human race with all the out of the box ideas and simple effective solutions you come up with ! Keep it up

Vor year
Tony Hewett
Tony Hewett

Great idea, is it worth using a peristaltic pump to move the water up to the header tank? This may relieve the head-height issue and reduce the strain on the motor or use a Peltier/Seebeck device to convert the heat produced by the motor into electrical power and feed that back into the loop? Also, I find float switches can be temperamental, is it worth using a pressure switch? (The diaphragm type used in washing machines to sense when sufficient water has filled the drum)

Vor 3 Monate
Lisa Kingscott
Lisa Kingscott

For a domestic system, a heavy weight on a cord with pulley and motor / generator might be easier and more efficient. I.e. when the sun shines, power a winch with a heavy weight as high as possible. When you want power out, let the motor become a generator and turn as the weight lowers. As concrete is or iron or lead is higher density than water, more energy can be stored in a smaller volume. Depleted uranium (uranium with the highly radioactive uranium taken out) would be ideal, denser than lead even!

Vor Monat
Mark Lucking
Mark Lucking

Engineering nut! Love the DIY here; a new subscriber!! Solar without batteries makes little sense; and batteries cost a stupid amount of money!! wow thanks for sharing an alternative! even if it is a little impractical! now I know!!

Vor 2 Monate
SpiceyTradeBoat
SpiceyTradeBoat

Great project! Future thinking for sure. Canary Islands tried something like this at scale years ago. Continuous power with renewable is so practical

Vor 11 Tage
Kurogane1990
Kurogane1990

If I had you as my physics teacher, I would have gotten into engineering way earlier. The way you structure you videos is amazing.

Vor 3 Monate
Alan Wong
Alan Wong

Hahaha!

Vor Monat
bla blup
bla blup

Yeah very nice physics explanation. Sad that this construction is very inefficient. So expensive compared to what it does :D

Vor 2 Monate
Pyrochemik007
Pyrochemik007

That, or you may have fallen off the roof.

Vor 3 Monate
Rich M
Rich M

Great video... I think it's great getting your kids involved. Great content. Keep it up :-). I'm sharing

Vor 2 Monate
Frank Yang
Frank Yang

Won't this system loss more energy than directly using solar pannel to store eletricity into battery?

Vor 2 Monate
Dharmendra Rathod
Dharmendra Rathod

Your video is so thought provoking...really loved it

Vor 3 Monate
Horacio Gonzalez
Horacio Gonzalez

great video!! you can put more rotors to generate more power in a single fall tube..

Vor 2 Monate
something something
something something

This could be used for an incredible art installation.

Vor 2 Monate
MrAuswest
MrAuswest

Great video, with a surprising and sad twist at the end (=just ONE AA battery?). Probably not worth mentioning but you could have increased your output by over 15% just by locating the turbine on the actual ground instead of up on the stand.

Vor 2 Monate
Hannover Physt
Hannover Physt

My daughter and I did a theoretical science fair project on this. Living in south fla, high ac use, flat land. We would need essentially a municipal water tower on our property, and reservoir catch basin, for a closed loop solar hydroelectric battery like this using readily available products on the market to provide complete power for our home between dusk and dawn. I was shocked..

Vor 2 Monate
Small Fry
Small Fry

You got patience of steel. I’d be out there carrying the 5 gallon buckets of water up to the roof too excited to wait

Vor 3 Monate
Sergio Mendoza
Sergio Mendoza

Please don't stop this series, it's just so awesome. You are making must of my ideas come back to life but giving a proof and awesome explanation that I could've never done

Vor year
James Mclemore
James Mclemore

Amazing video I cannot wait to get to my farmhouse and do stuff like this

Vor 3 Monate
Mandran Magelan
Mandran Magelan

such a pumped storage power plant on the roof is a great idea, thank you :-) ps: look at the existing pump storage systems in the swiss alps

Vor 2 Monate
Anton Geerling
Anton Geerling

Great video again... maybe there is even more energy storage possible by compressing air in a vessel ? Anton DG, Netherlands

Vor Monat
Jason
Jason

I want to see more like this!

Vor 3 Monate
Marc Lane
Marc Lane

One thing you will start noticing soon is the algae build-up in the recycled water system from the sunlight. You can go to a pet store and get some algicide or similar to add to the reservoirs. This will kill your pump in short order.

Vor year
Bob Vance
Bob Vance

@Keith OSTERKAMP thank you I'll pick some up

Vor year
Keith OSTERKAMP
Keith OSTERKAMP

@Bob Vance. Tractor A Supply and a few ornamental pond stores. A little goes a long way.

Vor year
Bob Vance
Bob Vance

@Keith OSTERKAMP where do you get Blue pond water dye?

Vor year
Adam J
Adam J

Add copper sulfate

Vor year
natalie gist
natalie gist

Put a couple of pieces of black tourmaline it will keep it from becoming stagnet while it to be come alkaline and after 24 hours it will ionize it.

Vor year

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