It is radiant light and heat from the sun, has been harnessed by humans since ancient times from drying clothes to generating electricity using a range of ever-evolving technologies.
Though it has many uses,but we often this energy as solar power, which is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP) with the help of lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam.
Solar Powered Motor
This project has 12V DC water pump,12V 7ah battery that was charged by my 6.5 watt solar cell and was able to pump water. This system seems to work really well.
Solar Water Heater
We can save large amount of electricity if we start using solar water heater at the place of traditional heaters. If we implement it using cogeneration, it would be really effective.What wiki says about Solar Water Heater?
Related Pdf :
Parabolic Trough Water Heating System ( pdf )
Complete detail of this project with photos, outline and drawings.
Sun Tracker Project : devices that orient various payloads toward the sun.
Produce Fuel using Sun Energy: harness energy from the sun to produce synthetic gas consist of water, CO2 and Water.
Remote Control Plane : Flying Solar RC Plane's Panels, Batteries and Motors. Working on this project is easy, for experiment purpose, you can purchase electrical aircraft and replace it source of charging from batteries to solar.
3D Solar Cells : New form of cells, that capture nearly all of the light that strikes them. When used in the place of traditional cells, efficiency of the cell improves considerably.
LED Lights : Light emitting diodes are very reliable and can works in extreme conditions.When powered by sun, they can be installed at the distant places in minutes.
Stirling Engine Generator
Solar cooker is a device which uses solar energy to heat and cook our food. It is very simple device and works on basic concept of concentration of energy at one point.It takes only 45 minutes to build a simple cooker.
Why it is important?
Energy plays a vital role in human development and welfare.Solar energy is the cheapest, inexhaustible
and can be used for cooking as well as various other activities.
Things you will need:
• shoe box
• aluminum foil
• manila folder
• marshmallows (white and
chocolate, or other color)
How to build solar oven?
Pizza Box Solar Cooker (pdf)
Design, Development and Testing of Paraboloidal Solar Cooker
Build Reflective solar cooker(pdf file)
Solar Powered Mobile Charger
Solar Toy Car
A solar vehicle is an electric vehicle powered completely or significantly by direct solar energy. Usually, photovoltaic (PV) cells contained in solar panels convert the sun's energy directly into electric energy. The term "solar vehicle" usually implies that solar energy is used to power all or part of a vehicle's propulsion. Solar power may be also used to provide power for communications or controls or other auxiliary functions.
What is Solar Car ?
How can solar panels power a car?
How Solar Car Works ?
Solar car works on a very simple concept. It has solar panels on its top, which charge battery attached to it via wire. This battery is connected with small DC motor installed in the chassis of the car. This motor is connected to the wheels of the car via gears. In simple words, it is basic Remote control cars with only difference is that its battery gets charged via solar panels instead of traditional sources.
How to make Solar Powered Toy Car(Video) :
Solar Powered Refrigerator
Beam Circuit Solar Engines
Solar Powered Bird Scarer
Steam engine powered by sun light
Solar Turbine generator
Solar Powered Path Finding vehicle
Solar Powered Generator
Solar Powered Bicycle
Sun Powered Bag
Solar Insect Robot
Solar powered automatic rain operated wiper
Solar Powered Boat
Water Purification System : Filter water anywhere, at the place of camping or in a village where electricity is not available easily.
Carbon Solar Cells
Nanowires : New Innovation in solar energy
As a kid, I have made solar system in my science fair school competition. Though I did not win but got good understanding of satellites, planets and sun.
Stanford Solar Car Projects
Bob Solar Project Blogs
Solar Power Demonstration Projects
High Tech Projects