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Solar and Fuel Cell

Solar energy has been used for thousands of years to dry crops and fuels naturally and provides the basis for biomass energy of course. Direct use of solar energy is illustrated in the solar distillation of water, solar water heating and in the production of electricity by photovoltaic cells. Cussons provides a range of solar energy products to permit realistic experiments in each of these three fields. Many interesting engineering challenges are presented in understanding solar energy use. Students are often interested in small scale solar energy use and compact indoor laboratory equipment to illustrate the principles is desirable. Each product manual lays out the theory behind the experiment so that it may be used within a dedicated renewable energy programme or as an interesting part of other engineering teaching modules. Each solar apparatus may be used externally with natural sunlight or with Cussons’ indoor light kits which allow studies to be conducted at any time of the year. Data may be recorded manually or through the use of data acquisition equipment. Fuel cells are a flexible form of energy storage that have the potential to dominate transport and local power supply during the 21st century but many students will have no direct experience of them. Cussons provides a series of hydrogen fuel cell experiments and practical work which can familiarise students with this emerging technology.

Solar and Fuel Cell