Renewable Energy Kit - SE-7611

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Bring solar and wind power to life for students with this interactive kit. View data in real-time using voltage and current sensors. Note: Fan required but not included.

Overview

With the renewable energy kit students can investigate key concepts around energy transformation and factors that affect the efficiency of wind turbines and solar (photovoltaic) cells. The setup is easy and can be done in the classroom or lab for fast results. 

Using PASCO sensors for voltage and current, students can explore the following concepts: 

  • Effect of angle, light intensity, and temperature of solar cell output 
  • Calculating solar cell and wind turbine efficiency 
  • The effect of number of blades, length, pitch, and shape on wind turbine power output 
  • Energy transformation, power curves, and efficiency 

VIDEO

After exploring these concepts, students will be challenged to create a design for either solar or wind power that maximizes energy output under a given set of conditions. This is a great way to leverage the knowledge they’ve acquired for an engineering design challenge and bring STEM into your classroom.

With the renewable energy kit students can investigate key concepts around energy transformation and factors that affect the efficiency of wind turbines and solar (photovoltaic) cells. The setup is easy and can be done in the classroom or lab for fast results. 

For a given wind speed the Number of Blades vs. Energy Output is shown. Blade length and pitch were kept constant.

Includes

The Renewable Energy Kit contains all of the equipment needed for a single lab station. The activities also require sensors, primarily voltage and current. See the individual labs for details Also, the activities involving the wind turbine will require electric fans. These are not included but any standard house fan will suffice.

  • Long turbine blades (6)
  • Short turbine blades (6)
  • STEM adapters for student designed blades (6)
  • Towers (2)
  • Weighted base
  • Nacelle with generator
  • 1 W Solar Cell
  • LED
  • Patch Cords (2)
  • SPARKlabs

    11 Free and completely interactive activities that guide students through the concepts of Renewable Energy from the basics of Energy Conservation through how turbines and solar cells function and are optimized.  

    Requires SPARKvue software

    Energy Transformations 

    (SPARKlab)

    (Student PDF)


    Learn how one type of energy can be converted into another. Observe energy transformations that produce electricity. 

    Sensors used: Temperature, Voltage, Light

    What is Electricity?

    (SPARKlab)

    (Student PDF)


    Determine the relationship between voltage and current while studying electricity in a solar-powered circuit.

    Sensors used: Voltage, Current

    Solar Panel Performance

    (SPARKlab)

    (Student PDF)


    Investigate how panel angle, cloud cover, and dust affect solar panel output.

    Sensors used: Voltage

    Light and Solar Panels

    (SPARKlab)

    (Student PDF)


    Investigate how electromagnetic energy interacts with a solar panel surface to generate electricity.

    Sensors used: Voltage

    Load and Solar Panels

    (SPARKlab)

    (Student PDF)


    Explore how loads affect voltage, current, resistance, and power in a solar-powered circuit.

    Sensors used: Voltage, Current

    Heat and Solar Panels

    (SPARKlab)

    (Student PDF)


    Discover how temperature is related to solar panel output.

    Sensors used: Current, Temperature

    Wind Power I: Distance and Speed

    (SPARKlab)

    (Student PDF)


    Understand the relationship between wind speed and turbine output.

    Sensors used: Voltage

    Also required: an electric fan (not included)

    Wind Power II: Blade Length, Number, and Pitch

    (SPARKlab)

    (Student PDF)


    Investigate the impact of blade length, pitch, and number of blades on energy output.

    Sensors used: Voltage, Current

    Also required: an electric fan (not included)

    Power and Energy

    (SPARKlab)

    (Student PDF)


    Distinguish between power and energy. Measure voltage and current to produce a graphical representation of power and energy.

    Sensors used: Voltage, Current

    Power Curves

    (SPARKlab)

    (Student PDF)


    Create a power curve to describe wind turbine performance.

    Sensors used: Voltage, Current, Weather/Anemometer

    Also required: an electric fan (not included)

    Design an Efficient Turbine

    (SPARKlab)

    (Student PDF)


    STEM challenge: Design the most efficient wind turbine for a given wind speed.

    Sensors used: Voltage, Current

    Also required: an electric fan (not included)

    Buying Guide

    2784464
    PS-3211
    Wireless Voltage Sensor
    1
    2784465
    PS-3212
    Wireless Current Sensor
    1
    Required

    The Renewable Energy Kit activities require sensors to measure voltage and current.  

    Wireless Voltage Sensor   PS-3211
    Wireless Current Sensor   PS-3212
    Required

    Also required for all the activities using the turbine is an electric fan. 

    Software Required

    This product requires or recommends SPARKvue software for data collection and analysis.