Vernier Software and Technology
Vernier Software & Technology

Project: Build a Solar Charger

Introduction

Generating electricity from fossil fuels comes with many environmental and social problems related to pollution and climate change. But in order to have a high percentage of renewable sources in our electricity mix, we need an affordable way to store large quantities of renewable energy so it will be available when electricity demand surpasses generation from the sun. We are used to getting electricity whenever we want it–not waiting for the sun to shine if we want power!

In this project, you will design a solar-powered charging system for rechargeable AA or AAA batteries. You will build a small solar array, combining at least two solar panels to charge your batteries. Your group will work together to design, test, and optimize your system for charging batteries.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Experiment 21 from Renewable Energy with Vernier Lab Book

<i>Renewable Energy with Vernier</i> book cover

Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

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