I love potatoes. Baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, french fries, chips…even Mr. Potato head is a real great guy!
So what else do we love about spuds?
Potatoes contain vitamin C and D, as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc and magnesium. Not too shabby! This starchy tuberous crop is also easily accessible for most people, relatively inexpensive, and easily stored for months!
Now, they also have another use, and it doesn’t involve sticking them in the oven. You must turn to the next page to see how potatoes can light up your life in a whole new way.
I have some starchy, carb-loaded news that will turn your world upside-down: the humble potato can be used to produce enough electricity to keep a room lit for over a month!
That’s right… potato power is a thing and you need to try it.
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. Incredible!
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 grown food crop, this is an amazing development for supplying power in poor and underdeveloped regions!
All info sourced from Metaspoon
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