Intro Solar Boat

Intro Solar Boat (3-5 hours)

Code: SBTINT

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This kit contains the required electrical and mechanical parts to build a small simple solar 

 
Intro Solar Car

 Intro Solar Car (3-5 hours)

Code: SCRINT

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This is a basic four-wheeled vehicle which is powered by 2 no. 4 solar panels. Suitable for introducing the concept of solar power and low friction to students. 

 

Junior Solar Boat (5 hours)

Code: JUSBT

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This kit contains the required components (except a solar panel) to build a solar powered boat for competing in the Junior division of the solar challenges.

 
Solar Panel Controller Low Voltage

Solar Panel Power Controller Low Voltage Unit - VOC 6.5-12V (3-5 hours)

Code: SPPCL

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The SOLAR PANEL POWER CONTROLLER (SPPC) multiplies the solar panel’s starting current for motors. Normally, powering an electric motor directly from a solar panel can be quite inefficient, especially during start up and at low motor speeds. The SPPC allows the motor to start and operate at a much lower light intensity than is possible with the motor directly connected to the solar panel. This SPPC circuit holds the output of the solar panel at its maximum power voltage point. Thus it is able to substantially boost the starting current available to the motor. NOTE: This circuit regulates the input voltage rather than the output voltage. The SPPC will work with any solar panel or combination of solar panels whose Voltage Open Circuit (VOC) voltage is between 6.5 and 12 volts (a rated 12V panel at VOC will be higher than 12V). Energy consumption by the circuit is 0.04 W (approximately). The SPPC’s weight is approximately 45 grams (including the inductor). 

 
Solar Panel Controller Standard Voltage

Solar Panel Power Controller Standard Voltage Unit - VOC 13-23V (3-5 hours)

Code: SPPCS

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The SOLAR PANEL POWER CONTROLLER (SPPC) multiplies the solar panel’s starting current for motors. Normally, powering an electric motor directly from a solar panel can be quite inefficient, especially during start up and at low motor speeds. The SPPC allows the motor to start and operate at a much lower light intensity than is possible with the motor directly connected to the solar panel. This SPPC circuit holds the output of the solar panel at its maximum power voltage point. Thus it is able to substantially boost the starting current available to the motor. NOTE: This circuit regulates the input voltage rather than the output voltage. The SPPC will work with any solar panel or combination of solar panels whose Voltage Open Circuit (VOC) voltage is between 13 and 23 volts (a rated 12V panel at VOC will be higher than 12V). Energy consumption by the circuit is 0.04 W (approximately). The SPPC’s weight is approximately 45 grams (including the inductor).