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Scientist of late have become quite obsessed the finding cleaner and more effective ways of harnessing energy. After witnessing the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant and seeing the killer smog that settled over China, it’s clear why! Making a move towards more solar and wind power is an idea that gains more support with every passing year. Now, Nakano Seisakusho, a development and manufacturing company in Kanagawa Prefecture, has created a way for the average household to harness its own electrical power, simply by turning on their faucets. For now, they’re calling it the Liquid Motor.

Using the motor is pretty straightforward. Just attach the device to the end of your faucet and let the water flow. Presto! Electricity is being generated! According to Mr. Nakano, director of the manufacturing company, “Running enough water to fill a single bathtub (about 50 US gallons) generates enough energy to power an LED light for ten minutes using this current device, and we plan to keep improving its general efficiency.”

Mr. Nakano hopes that in the future devices such as his can be installed not only in people’s homes but in places such as public and company bathrooms as well. The water used when people wash their hands and flush the toilet could also be used to power things like automatic air fresheners, motion sensor trashcans, and other things.

The way things work now, as Mr. Nakano explained in an interview, water is being pumped into the pipelines and creating water pressure, but the second a person turns on the faucet, all of that pressure in the pipes is released and completely lost to us. The Liquid Motor gives that water pressure a second purpose, by harnessing its power as electricity and ensuring that none of that potential energy goes to waste.

Admittedly, generators similar to this one do exist on the market, but their effectiveness is limited by the fact that if the water pressure is low, the mechanism won’t rotate and no power will be generated. That’s what makes the Liquid Motor so special; no matter how weak the flow of water, the generator will always run, creating energy to be stored within rechargeable batteries. Furthermore, the motor is built without the use of blades like people are used to seeing in a water wheel or turbine. Its inner structure is much more simple, smaller, and easy to disassemble and clean.

The Liquid Motor is slated to go on sale in Japan this fall at a cost of 3,000 to 4,000 yen (US$30-40). So what do you think? Is this the next great innovation in generating electricity, or is it more likely to end up in the next edition of Sky Mall Magazine?

Source: Excite News