The fischertechnik Green Energy construction kit explains the principles of wind power and solar energy through 14 descriptive models. The models are suitable for children aged 9 and up and are available from specialist retailers from March for 109.90 Euro.
fischertechnik not only gives young modelmakers a glimpse into the future, but also into new worlds: A total of 343 building blocks can be used to build an eco home, for instance. A wind turbine produces energy which can generate electricity with a solar motor as a generator. Solar models on the roof of the home provide additional energy that is stored in a Goldcap capacitor. When there is a lack of sunlight the wind turbine supplies energy that can be used to operate an LED, simulating lighting in the house.
There are further small models in addition to this model, all of which can be powered with renewable energy. This includes a gang saw, which is still used in modern sawmills. The wheel starts spinning under the water tap and starts to put its functions into action. The solar motor of the water turbine model serves as a generator that generates electricity, causing an LED to light up.
A hairdryer that simulates wind causes the paper windmill to start spinning, which in turn propels a millstone. When the solar motor is used as a generator, the homemade wind turbine’s propeller is propelled by the wind until it lights up an LED. The wind turbine with its large propeller wings can also light up an LED when set up correctly.
One of the solar modules of the solar models generates electricity that can be used to power the motor. A jolly wobble figurine is bought to life with solar energy, while the solar heli spins its rotor blades and a fan provides fresh air. The solar motor of models such as a rotary table spins faster or slower depending on whether the solar modules are connected in series or parallel connections and whether the sun is shining or it’s cloudy. A barrier can also be raised and lowered with the respective circuit using solar energy, similar to the original.
The solar-powered vehicles get electromobility going. The vehicle is set in motion equipped with a solar module. Once the energy is stored in the Goldcap it can be released in a controlled manner, causing the vehicle to move smoothly even when the sun isn't shining.
Green Energy can be combined with the H2 Fuel Cell Car construction kit by fischertechnik. This construction kit provides an introduction to topics of the future such as fuel cells and hydrogen, which can be used to power a vehicle.
“Renewable energy is important to our future. With this construction kit we are providing the opportunity to learn about and playfully apply these subjects at home”, explains Wilhelm Schoch, fischertechnik Managing Director. The company has therefore been offering renewable energy construction kits for several years.
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