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Aims and objectives

Theory and ideas

Concept, design and material used

Time management, budget and workforce


Aims & Objectives

To create an alternative electric power

source enough to power a small boat and is eco-friendly.

To reduce the cost energy used

What is saltwater battery? The simplest answer would be that this is a wet-cell battery that uses seawater instead of acid.

Why saltwater?
We all know that the world is now facing an energy crisis and everyone is trying to do something about that. With the earths massive supply of salt water, it could become the most abundant - and costeffective - way to keep our boats and laptops powered.

What are some typical uses?

Main source of DC power for sailboats without generators, for lights, navigation, and communications.
As a back-up source of power for boating, camping, hunting, or emergencies. As a light-weight, small footprint alternative to wet-cell batteries and lanterns. For use in life-rafts and emergency shelters.

What are some of the advantages over traditional wet-cell batteries?


Ever wanted to use a battery only to find it DEAD? We all have. Normally you'd need access to both a battery charger and an AC power outlet. With the saltwater battery, so long as you have water and salt available, you can have DC power. Shelf-Life Years! You can put it in your boat, life raft, or emergency shelter and leave it for years, secure in the knowledge that it will work when needed, assuming you've kept it free of saltwater).

Environmental Concerns

There's a good reason for this it's GREEN in operation. The only thing produced by the anodes' depletion is a harmless magnesium-salt which can be safely poured back into the ocean or even back into a city's water supply! Also, since the anodes are all that need replacing, there's not a lot of battery cases to put into land-fills. Safety Imagine you're out to sea, doing a little tweaking on your batteries. Suddenly the boat takes an awkward roll or shudder and the battery overturns. Now you have a caustic acid spill to clean up, as well as the potential for getting acid on your clothes, skin, and (worse yet!) in your eyes! With saltwater battery you'd just have a little saltwater to clean up, no potential for harm to your clothing or your body.

Concept, design and material used


The battery itself is similar to the sort that were familiar with: It has a positive electrode and negative electrode immersed in liquid containing electrically charged particles, or ions. In this case, though, the liquid is water and the ions are sodium and chlorine-aka salt. The battery is first filled with fresh water and given a small electrical charge to prime things up. The freshwater is then drained and replaced with seawater. Since seawater is chock full of salt (or, ions) it boosts the electric potential between the electrodes and, zap, electricity. It turns out that the electric potential obtained by using seawater is so high that it far exceeds the amount of current that was needed to charge things up in the first place-hence an efficient system

Materials used

Time management: 2 months Budget: below $100 Workforce: 4 persons

Why the push? There is more solar and wind energy

that is being added to the grid. Wind doesnt always blow and the sun doesnt always shine, so there needs to be a way to capture the renewable energy generated. It can be an alternative power source to electrically powered boats. It might even replace the expensive solar panel.