Solar energy, or energy from the sun, is an example of a renewable energy source. You can use solar panels to generate electricity from solar energy to heat a house or building, and you can also design structures to increase the opportunity for passive solar heating. In passive solar heating, the sun’s energy is used to heat buildings without the use of pumps or fans to distribute the collected heat.
In this experiment, you will examine the effectiveness of different design features. Two model homes, one that will act as a control and one that you modify, will be heated by a light bulb. Two Temperature Probes will monitor their temperatures throughout a simulated day and night.
Use a Temperature Probe to measure temperature.
Design, build, and test a model solar home.
Compare your results to the data collected by other groups.
Sensors and Equipment
This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.