A5_1 A Drop of Rain

Leandro Carvalho, Sean Hughes, Sunil Taper, Kieran Crutcher


How much energy could we transfer from rainfall to power a 60 W lightbulb by fitting a hydroturbine into the base of a drainpipe attached to the Physics building at the University of Leicester (UoL)? We discovered that the maximum energy you could produce would be enough to power a 60 W lightbulb for approximately 8.5 hours over the course of a year.

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