Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
non-lame halfbakery tagline

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.



Lead Jellyfish Battery

Use Jellyfish acidity to create a new type of battery
  (+6, -1)
(+6, -1)
  [vote for,

By using lead electrodes inserted in jellyfish, large quantities of electricity can be produced, compensating for the loss of electricity from the main power stations hit by jellyfish.

The jellyfish can be kept in the sea, in a confined area (using a net) and continuously produce electricity from the acid it produces.

pashute, Aug 14 2011

Galvanic Cell http://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Galvanic_cell
Check your electrode potentials [8th of 7, Aug 15 2011]

Lead Acid Battery http://en.wikipedia...id#electrochemistry
The final result is also cold water (for nearby hotels) [pashute, Aug 15 2011]

Concentration gradient to energy in the living cell http://www.youtube....watch?v=3y1dO4nNaKY
[pashute, Aug 29 2011]

Jelly battery http://www.theregis...s_from_polymer_gel/
[hippo, Sep 12 2011]


       How do you determine which jellyfish in the pack (school?) is the lead jellyfish from all the others who are presumably just followers?
AusCan531, Aug 15 2011

       I once filled some seagulls full of lead. And you're right - it DID INDEED result in charges. Bun!
AusCan531, Aug 15 2011

       Will not electrodes of two dissimilar metals be required ?   

       How will you deal with the problem that the jellyfish are not isolated from each other, or "earth", but are all suspended in the same conductive medium ?   

       Could not the same process generate electricity from lawyers, who are - like jellyfish - toxic, brainless, spineless and gutless, and exist in excessive numbers - perhaps by hammering two large spikes of dissimilar metal into their skulls ? Bit of a long shot, but worth a try,
8th of 7, Aug 15 2011

       I didn't want to go into the gruesome details. They are living creatures, but I figure that they'll be killed anyway. I don't really like this idea of mine, the more I look at it.   

       My best friend is a lawyer, but not the kind most people know. So, no. Not to be tried on humans.   

       On the other hand, when buying our house, we took a sharp woman lawyer who was fantastic. It turned out that we really needed her, and she saved us a lot of money and trouble from the sellers who were a bit aggressive and tried to play some tricks on us. On the other hand she was very pleasant to talk to, and was also a family woman, changing looks at once, into a motherly person when her kids came to the office (it was summertime).   

       At the last stage of the sale, when going to get my mortgage, the bank clerk looked at her papers and said: That woman is your lawyer? I proudly said: Yes. (At the time, she was on the news for defending a group of handicapped people). Well tell her she's a B*tch. What?! Why?   

       "She defended my father against my mother in their divorce. My mother deserved to win. Of course my father did. She's a great lawyer. But I can't forgive her for that."   

       So much for great lawyers. But they still don't deserve lead.
pashute, Aug 15 2011

       On the downside, if lawyers were used, there won't be so much fun from burning them alive in Wicker Men when the Revolution comes ...
8th of 7, Aug 15 2011

       silly, bizarre, and useless. [+]
Voice, Aug 16 2011

       As mentioned, the jellyfish would all be in the same galvanic solution. Best to simply put the electrodes into the sea water and be done with it.   

       However, I suspect this system might have potential applications among other organisms. While Lawyers are out, we could try it with pigeons, mice, politicians, and other pestiferous vermin. (I'm sure there will be a hot debate on whether or not Cats would be suitable.)
ye_river_xiv, Aug 16 2011

       // whether or not Cats would be suitable //   

       The best way to find out would be immediate and extensive practical testing.
8th of 7, Aug 16 2011

       Having recently done the "I wonder what a jellyfish sting feels like" experiment, can I suggest that some combination of large animals, jellyfish and a treadmill might be the way forward here?
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 16 2011

       Presumably, jellyfish are mostly just proteins (collagen ?) and water.   

       Sounds like it might be worth asking the Soylent Corporation if there's any nutritive benefit to be derived from - for example - dried jellyfish protein.
8th of 7, Aug 16 2011

       //any nutritive benefit to be derived from - for example - dried jellyfish protein.//   

       Mmmmm, Pb and jellyfish sandwich....   

       Tasty AND gives you energy.
AusCan531, Aug 16 2011

       But only if you're prepared to immerse yourself in salt water and drive spikes made from two dissimilar metals through your skull and into your brain. Which is of course totally ludicrous ... unless of course you're Australian ... Oh, wait ...
8th of 7, Aug 16 2011

       Creating the two dissimilar metals is easy to do. Just put lead in any jellyfish and it will automatically zinc to the bottom. However, putting two things into my brain at the same time is a bit harder to achieve. I like your optimism though.
AusCan531, Aug 17 2011

       I got an official answer from a Weizmann Institute professor, and followed up on wikipedia discovering that there is no acid or acidity in Jellyfish! Its venom inserted into the skin by tiny specialized organelles.
pashute, Sep 02 2011

WcW, Sep 03 2011

       There's no reason to shout, we can all hear you just fine.
Alterother, Sep 03 2011

       why isn't comprehension of basic science concepts a graduation requirement for primary school?
WcW, Sep 04 2011

       Because then over 50% of the population would still be in nursery by age 21.
pocmloc, Sep 04 2011

       Because guys like me teach in primary school. So people who finish primary school exit without comprehension of basic scientific concepts, and then go on halfbakery and post terrible ideas like "Lead Jellyfish Batteries" that are totally flawed.   

       BTW there are other ways of getting energy from acid (hint biochemistry 101). But this idea was about lead. And there is no acid in the jellyfish anyway. :-(
pashute, Sep 12 2011

       Sorry, I was hoping you knew of some new species of jellyfish no there is not one. there are in fact electric eels who could be harnessed for their electricity. The idea is not original to me in fact is from arthur c clarke from the rama novels   

       I have to be very surprised about some new function of jellyfishno but I was sad be disappointed.
Zimmy, Sep 27 2011

Obligatory bun.
TolpuddleSartre, Sep 27 2011


back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle