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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:

           PV KitWind TurbineSolar water heating

                Photovoltaic kit                                      Wind Turbine Kit                                Solar Water Heater Kit        


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 light conditions.

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.


Powerhouse Kits:

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.

                      Power House Kit              Schools KIT

                            Normal Powerhouse Kit                                                         Green 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.


Green Essential 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: sustainability.team@bedford.gov.uk.