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Project: Solar Cooker


Solar cookers convert sunlight into thermal energy. They are a low-cost, pollution-free method of food preparation. Under normal conditions, solar cookers can reach temperatures of 80–120°C (175–250°F). Since food cooks at around 80–90°C (175–195°F), solar cookers are hot enough to fully cook food, but not to burn or dry it out.

Globally, solar cookers play an important role. They benefit millions by providing a smoke-free method of cooking that does not rely on wood, charcoal, or other fuels. They provide a means for pasteurizing water during emergencies and disinfecting medical supplies. What other benefits do solar cookers provide?

In this project, you will design a solar cooker that will cook a food item. It needs to fit within the design requirements and restraints. During the project, you will work with your group to design, test, and then optimize the solar cooker design. At the end of the project, you will submit the set of deliverables listed below.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

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

Renewable Energy with Vernier

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Renewable Energy: Why is it So Important?
2What is Energy?
3Project: Energy Audit
4Voltage and Circuits
5Current and Resistors
6Mechanical Power
8Exploring Wind Turbines
9Effect of Load on Wind Turbine Output
10Blade Variables and Power Output
12Turbine Efficiency
13Power Curves
14Power and Energy
15Project: Maximum Energy Output
16Project: Build a Wind Farm
17Exploring Solar Panels
18AEffect of Load on Solar Panel Output
18BFill Factor and IV Curve of a Solar Panel
19Variables Affecting Solar Panel Output
20Effect of Temperature on Solar Panel Output
21Project: Build a Solar Charger
22Exploring Passive Solar Heating
23Variables Affecting Passive Solar Heating
24Exploring Solar Collectors
25Variables Affecting Solar Collectors
26Project: Solar Cooker

Experiment 26 from Renewable Energy with Vernier Lab Book

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