It is a child's game
How does sunlight turn into electricity? How can wind be used to generate power? What happens inside a fuel cell? You might ask yourself. Your children will soon be able to give you the answer. thequietriot.com features today toys for children, which help them learn and understand the principles of renewable energy technologies.
[UKPRwire, Tue Mar 03 2009] How does sunlight turn into electricity? How can wind be used to generate power? What happens inside a fuel cell? You might ask yourself. Your children will soon be able to give you the answer. thequietriot.com features today toys for children, which help them learn and understand the principles of renewable energy technologies.
fischertechnik offers construction kits, which introduce children aged nine years and older to the basic principles of regenerative power generation, supported by didactic brochures and instructions.
Using a powerful photovoltaic module, a solar motor, a Goldcap as energy store and many fischertechnik construction elements, budding designers and engineers can build their own solar power station to drive a giant wheel or a fan. The powerful photovoltaic module responds even to weak sun or light exposure and converts light to electric power for the solar motor. The motor functions at low voltages and starts up with a minimum of current.
The use of wind power is not a recent invention: windmills and watermills were the most important drive engines in medieval Europe – long before the invention of the steam engine. The principle of the windmill is the same as that used today in most modern wind power generating plants: a horizontal rotor axis with three blades to ensure even weight distribution. The air blown by a fan or a hair dryer drives the generator of the fischertechnik wind power generator which lights up an LED lamp, for instance.
The principle of the fuel cell was discovered over 170 years ago. Oxygen and hydrogen react to form water in a fuel cell. Both gases are separated by a so-called electrolyte and exchange ions only through an electric conductor. This flow of electrons turns the fuel cell into a power source. But the heat which is generated in the process can also be used. The reaction product is clean water, an effect which makes the fuel cell very environmentally friendly.
The reversible fuel cell of the fischertechnik PROFI Hydro Cell Kit allows all solar-driven models of the PROFI Oeco Tech kit to be powered. Using a second solar module, the reversible fuel cell can also be operated as an electrolyser and produce water again from oxygen and hydrogen, with the solar modules supplying the necessary electricity.
All fischertechnik construction kits are made in Germany with only a few individual electronic components purchased from suppliers outside the European Union. The plastic materials and the added colour pigments comply with statutory requirements and with European standards for toys.