Read descriptions and see photos from re-energy.ca projects from 2005.
Muscat Private School Science Club
The Science Club in Muscat Private School was successful in producing electricity using a renewable energy resource, wind. We have learnt how to use simple materials into making a useful tool for obtaining energy. We have also discussed future developments to the model in which a higher output can be achieved.
In Oman we are highly dependent on fossil fuels. Our project
can help to increase awareness towards the crucial role that renewable energy resources can play fulfilling the energy demands of the future. Wind turbines can be placed on our country's high mountains where wind blows strongly. Using renewable energy resources will not only benefit the people but also the environment, as it does not produce an wastes into the earth's atmosphere. Renewable energy resources will play a vital role in providing energy for earth in the future as the finite source of fossil fuels are bound to diminish, and the risk of nuclear power still prevails. [by Zaid Al Balushi]
Heritage Christian School, Little Britian, Ontario
Our hydro model was fully functional and really looked cool. It involved moving water, pumps, and all the other things involved in a real micro hydro generator. I was like a scale model almost.
We built a micro hydro electric generator model. The model provided a cross section view of a turbine, waterway, dam and turbine house. We hooked it up to an electric meter. We also had a battery, power inverter and solar panel. These powered a water pump that provided water for the first turbine wheel.
We discovered how to improvise and that it was not possible to create a perpetual motion machine, but with supplemental renewable energy sources like solar, that batteries could be re-charged without resorting to using hydro from an energy grid.
Donnan Elementary/ Junior High School, Edmonton, Alberta
In our grade 9 science class we learned about renewable and nonrenewable energy. We discussed the different ways of generating electricity. Then our class built wind turbines. We made a total of six turbines and they all generated electricity! We all followed the directions in detail, you can't miss a thing or something will go wrong. We had to do a lot of adjusting to get it just right. Every time a model was completed and the LED light lit up the group cheered.
We were able to view the electricity being generated by attaching some probes to the turbines, which sent information to some computer software. Then we used a LCD projector to view it at the front of the class. We could actually see the alternating current being generated, how much, and the shape of the waves. We discussed the differences between the turbines, and could offer suggestions to increase the amount of electricity generated. [Mr. Schmidt's Science 9 class]
Havergal College, Toronto, Ontario
My group and I built the wind model for a class project in physics. Our model is similar to the one shown online, we followed the exact procedure given to us. We decorated our model to with flowers, pebbles etc. to go along with an environmental theme. We named it The Green Machine because we painted the baseboard and frames green, so that it would look like grass.
We discovered that everyday materials can be used to make a generator. We learned that magnets can be used to create a current. We were excited when we tested our generator, and an actual current was produced.