Schools Renewable Energy Kits
Bedford Borough Council now has a number of renewable energy
kits available for Bedford Borough schools to borrow. The kits are
designed to increase the understanding of pupils to climate change
and renewable energy.
Renewable Energy Kits:
There are 3 kits available:
Solar Water Heater
What does each kit do?
Photovoltaic Kit: Experience electricity
generation from the sun with the Photovoltaic Kit. Use solar power
to generate electricity and power an LED, motor and buzzer, measure
output with the digital multimeter and experiment with different
Solar Water Heater Kit: Experience water
heating using the sun’s energy with the Solar Water Heater Kit. Use
solar power to heat water, measure heat rise with the digital
thermometer and experiment with different sun conditions.
Wind Turbine Kit: The Wind Turbine Kit is a
great way to explain the function and benefits of wind power. It
can be used outdoors in the wind or indoors with a desk fan. You
can measure output with the dual-scale voltmeter, experiment with
different numbers of blades and different blade angles and the
turbine even turns to follow the wind direction!
What can you use them for?
You will be provided with lesson plans
integrating to Science, Geography, ICT, CARE, PSE, etc. showing
their links to the National Curriculum.
The Powerhouse kits allow you to conduct experiments and carry
out building projects. Two versions are available, the Normal
Powerhouse Kit and the Green Essential Version.
Essentials Powerhouse Kit
Normal Version: With this kit
you can build a model house complete with solar panels, windmill,
greenhouse, and desalination system. You can build and operate an
electric train, windmill, solar cooker, solar hot water tank,
hygrometer, electric motor, power hoist, sail car, and more! Plant
watercress, prepare sauerkraut, and make chewing gum. Learn how
plants convert sunlight into energy for your body and your engines.
The Kit integrates physical science and technology lessons with the
adventure of building a home and living on a remote island. To
survive, pupils must learn how to harness the power of the sun and
the wind as well as tap the energy of other physical forces.
Version: The ten building projects include: the power
house itself, a greenhouse, a solar cell array, a passive solar
collector, a solar oven, an air conditioner, a refrigerator, a
hydrometer, a lemon battery, and a wind power generator. Experiment
with the heating, cooling, and insulation of the house and
greenhouse. Test passive solar collection methods with a solar
collector. Assemble a solar power array to explore active solar
power with photovoltaics. Build a model refrigerator and air
conditioner to learn about heat transfer. Experiment with a lemon
battery to learn about power storage. Set up a wind turbine to
generate electricity from the wind.
How to borrow the kits:
Bedford Borough schools can borrow the
above kits for free for up to 28 days. For further
details or to borrow one of the kits, please contact the
Sustainability Team: firstname.lastname@example.org.