GET STARTED ON THE 2011 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION CHALLENGE!
H2Go: THE UNTAPPED ENERGY SOURCE?
Green energy is being used more each day. Wind turbines, wave turbines, hydroelectric dams, geothermal heating/ cooling, biofuels and solar panels are all being constantly improved to be more efficient and environmentally friendly. Roughly 7% of the world’s energy is currently generated from these sources. However, there is a green source of energy that has not yet been fully tapped–rain.
The goal of the 2011 ASME Student Design Competition is to design a scaled, proof of concept prototype for rain energy conversion. The prototype device will propel a model car as far as possible in a straight line by converting the potential energy of one liter of water at one meter height. All water must be contained within the device and a penalty will be assessed for any water spilled.