Let’s face it, when it comes to renewable energy one of the major concerns is how they might be used to power that ever-useful instrument – the car. So with that in mind Horizon has made several over its renewable energy kits centered around hydrogen-powered toy cars!
Up first is the Fuel Cell Science Kit, which, despite its name, is centered around a car. It has a solar cell for cracking water into hydrogen & oxygen:
Fuel Cell Science Kit
The idea behind these cars works on the combustibility of hydrogen gas and the ability to split ordinary water in hydrogen & oxygen gas with electricity. In this case a solar cell or batteries are used to crack the water into the gases, which are stored. Then when you want to run the car they are ignited and run a combustion engine not very different from the gasoline cars we use. The Fuel Cell Science kit car is set up so that when it hits an object it reverses 90 degrees and tries the new direction.
Horizon’s H-Racer Hydrogen Powered Car is the original model in this series. It is down to the basics with this unit. You crack the water and store it in either an external tank (inlcuded) or in the car’s own tank.
The Original H-Racer
The HydroRacer, much like Fuel Cell Science Kit, has the visible gas system on board the car itself. But the car in this case is much fancier, with a more streamlined appearance and some LED’s inside the body for a more impressive appearance.
Last, but certainly not least is the H-Racer 2.0. With this model you get all the water cracking, hydrogen powered greatness of the H-Racer but with the benefit of also being a fully remote controlled car.
The H-Racer 2.0 Remote-Control, Hydrogen-Powered Car
All of these, much like the kits, are great demonstrations of renewable energy and the power of hydrogen fuel. They also have the benefit of being nifty model cars on top of all that energy science!
Spectrum Scientifics has recently added a bunch of new Renewable Energy Kits & cars to our product lineup. We’ll be covering the kits today and the cars on Thursday. These kits are produced by Horizon and cover a wide range of renewable energy sources. The primary theme in these kits is to use the energy generation to produce hydrogen gas, which is a fuel.
First up is the main kit: The Renewable Energy Education Kit
Renewable Energy Education Kit
This kits covers all the ground for renewable energy: wind, solar, bio and so on. Various methods are used to generate power to convert ordinary water into hydrogen gas, which is then stored. A sample set of pages from the included education guide can be downloaded for review.
The rest of the kits are actually just parts of the main Renewable Energy Education Kit, allowing teachers to concentrate on specific aspects of energy generation without the cost for parts they do not want.
The Hydro-Wind Kit, as may be implied, concentrates on using the wind to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen gas.
The Hydro Wind Kit
The Wind-Pitch Kit is related to the Hydro-Wind kit but does not generate Hydrogen gas. Instead students are given multiple windmill blades to work with to generate the greatest amount of power to run lights and music (LED lights and music make included!)
The Wind Pitch Kit
The Bio-Energy Discovery Kit works by converting ethanol (alcohol) into electricity without any combustion. the entire reaction is part of a next-generation bio-fuel technology.
Bio-Energy Discover Kit
Each of these kits makes a wonderful introduction to the world of renewable energy. They are excellent for personal use or for the classroom. Each kit comes with a Renewable Energy Education Cirriculum CD which has the following:
- Renewable Energy Education Manual
- Horizon Experiment Manual
- Flash Animations
- New Science Kit Assembly Guides
- Technical Support Section with Videos
Add some of these fine ideas to your curriculum today!