Solar Power Demo
Solar Power DemoAs a secondary objective of this project, the team was required to design and build a "renewable energy demonstration" for display in the Willett Center. After a considerable amount of debate on the intended focus of the renewable demo, the team designed and built an interactive solar power display. The display features 1 300 watt lamp shining on two small solar panels, each of which powers a fan that blows streamers. The panels are placed at different angle to the light. One faces perpendicular to the light, while the other is angled away. The light is also controlled by a dimmer switch.
The objective of the display is to educate visitors on the various factors influencing the ability to produce solar power. Visitors are encouraged via a sign to try to figure out which fan is powered by which panel by adjusting the dimmer switch, and determining which fan is blowing more powerfully. This is aided by the streamers, which provide visual cues.
The demo was displayed at the E3 Fair on 4/30/2009, and at Imagine RIT on 5/2/2009.
- A. System that absorbs sunlight and converts it to electricity (Photo- light, -voltaic electricity)
- B. Angle with respect to the sun, cloudiness,
intensity (sunrise vs. noon vs. sundown)
- a. Cloudiness and intensity factors are represented through the dimmer
- C. Energy is transformed and not created
- D. The flat one corresponds to the more powerful fan
- a. One fan is spinning faster than the other
- b. See how much the ribbon moves and feel how much the fan blows.
This is a Google Sketup file of the a preliminary design for the demo.
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