Pumped Hydro Storage

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Understand the concept of mechanical energy storage
  • Design and test their own pumped hydro storage design and gain and understanding of how to maximize stored power

Curriculum Connections

Science 9: Matter and Chemical Change
Science 10: Energy and Matter in Chemical Change
Science 30: Chemistry and the Environment

Length of Activity

1 - 2 hours

Materials List

  • Mechanical Energy Storage Backgrounder
  • Toy motor
  • Voltmeter and wires
  • Cup/jug (to pour water over the turbine if not using a second motor)
  • Bucket or container (to capture the water)
  • Pumped Hydro Storage Worksheet

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