Potatoes are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber and pantothenic acid… but here’s some news that will shake your knowledge upside-down: potato can be used to produce enough electricity to keep a room lit for over a month!
Potato juice contains many water soluble chemicals that may cause a chemical reaction with one or both of our electrodes. So we get some electricity from that!
Haim Rabinowitch is a professor of science and agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Rabinowitch and his team figured out a way to transform a potato into a surprisingly powerful battery. Apparently, a raw potato can produce power on its own but after boiling it for eight minutes, it produces ten times that amount. The potato itself isn’t an actual energy source. By attaching two metals to the potato, a chemical reaction takes place that allows energy to be released.
The full potato battery kit consists of a potato, two metal electrodes and alligator clips. With this kit, Rabinowitch proved that a potato could be used to provide a room with LED-powered lighting for as long as 40 days! Considering that potatoes are one of the world’s most abundant food crop, this is an amazing development for supplying power in poor and underdeveloped regions!
Watch the amazing video below and share this mind-boggling discovery with your family and friends!