• You’ll Get a Charge Out of This: Static Electricity and Absorbents
  • Karen

    Karen D. Hamel, CSP, WACH, is a regulatory compliance professional, trainer and technical writer for New Pig. She has more than 22 years of experience helping EHS professionals find solutions to meet EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations and has had more than 100 articles published on a variety of EHS topics. Karen is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer and hazmat technician. She also serves on the Blair County, Pa., LEPC and has completed a variety of environmental, safety, emergency response, DOT and NIMS courses, including Planning Section Chief. She has conducted seminars at national conferences and webinars for ASSE and other national organizations. She can be reached at 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647) or by email karenh@newpig.com.

  • Billsays:
    10/20/2013 at 1:39 pm Reply

    Here’s a neat science fair project; charging a deep cycle battery with static electricity.

    String an insulated wire 10 feet above the ground. Attach an automotive spark plug to the end of the wire at ground level. Attach an automotive coil to the spark plug. Attach a battery to the coil.

    When the wire builds up enough of a charge, the static electricity will jump the spark gap and go through the automotive coil. The automotive coil will lower the voltage and raise the amperage. This converted electricity, now with amperage, will pulse into the battery, effectively pulse charging the battery each time the spark plug fires.

    Try different lengths of insulated wire in different weather conditions to record the rate of charge.

    Warning: do not allow the battery to over charge as that could be dangerous. Also, do not use more than 600 feet of wire. Using more could pose a risk of a dangerous shock to humans.

    Record your findings and present your experiment at the next science fair.

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