Renewable Energy: Solar Marquee

Renewable Energy: Solar Marquee

(dramatic music) -[Thomas Jenkins] Here we have an example of what’s called a stand-alone solar photovoltaic system. Stand alone is one of the three main groups of your solar photovoltaic applications. The other two are grid connect, where we connect to a standard electrical outlet or grid-tied system. The third system is called direct connect.…

Renewable Energy: Fuel Cell Model

Renewable Energy: Fuel Cell Model

[long note] – [Thomas Jenkins] What I’d like to demonstrate today is something called a fuel cell. You’ve probably heard a lot about it in the news, but a fuel cell is a device that will take hydrogen gas and convert that into electricity. But it doesn’t burn the hydrogen. The hydrogen is not burned…

Renewable Energy: Solar Panels

Renewable Energy: Solar Panels

(long note) – What we have here is typical photovoltaic panels, they are made of silicon, much like your electronic devices, that run computers, they’re silicon chips. And they convert the sunlight, the light itself, directly into electricity without any moving parts. The placement of this solar panel, and the orientation of the solar panel…

Renewable Energy: Solar Panel System Components

Renewable Energy: Solar Panel System Components

[long note] -[Thomas Jenkins] Many homeowners have heard about solar energy and are interested in solar energy, and this is a what’s called a photovoltaic system, photovoltaic indicating that the sunlight is converted directly to electricity through these what’s called PV, photovoltaic panels. And this is a demonstration system that would, in affect, showcase all…

Renewable Energy: Thin Film Solar Panels

Renewable Energy: Thin Film Solar Panels

(dramatic electronic music) -[Thomas Jenkins] Thin-film is a little bit different technology for contrsucting photovoltaic panels. They have some advantages, and they also have some disadvantages. Basically, the advantage is lighter weight and flexible design. So, they can be molded to different shapes. However, in this case, they are mounded in, sort of, traditional panels.…

Renewable Energy: Solar Water Distillers

Renewable Energy: Solar Water Distillers

[long note] – [Kenny Stevens] These are two solar distillation units. They are very low-tech but very effective ways of taking undesirable water; it’s dirty, it’s too salty it’s got bacteria it’s got minerals you don’t want. You can take that undesirable water place it inside the still and through the process of being heated…

Renewable Energy: Single-Axis Tracker

Renewable Energy: Single-Axis Tracker

(dramatic music) -[Thomas Jenkins] Here we have an example of something that might be more of a commercial application of foldable take systems. We have several foldable take panels, we have two sets, we have one type on this structure, we have another type on the structure behind it. Both are mounted on what’s called,…

Renewable Energy: Solar Air Heater

Renewable Energy: Solar Air Heater

[long note] -[Thomas Jenkins] This device is what we call a solar siphon but basically it’s a room heater. The concept behind it is that the solar energy, sun, will pass through this glass. There’s a glass piece on top here, and heat the air underneath, much like a greenhouse. This is designed to fit…