Solar Buggy

Has anyone made solar powered cars with their classes / STEM clubs?

I'm looking at components on Rapid and wanting to make sure I get all the right things. I'm biology based, not electronics.

We're hoping to buy kits for the kids to build a buggy and then give them the separate components to see what they come up with.

I'm looking at this motor and solar cell currently: https://www.rapidonline.com/rapid-solar-motor-worm-drive-gear-box-06-1592
https://www.rapidonline.com/truopto...0-3w-60x48x3mm-with-20cm-flying-leads-56-0124

But maybe a smaller one is better? I'm waiting on Rapid to tell me if the solar cell will actually power the motor.

Any knowledge is appreciated! :nerd:
 
You might need a couple of solar cells and a bright day. I have a few of these, they work at low voltage and do turn with a couple of PVs and a bright light.
 
You might need a couple of solar cells and a bright day. I have a few of these, they work at low voltage and do turn with a couple of PVs and a bright light.
Ok, I've just done a test using that motor with this Solar Cell, https://www.rapidonline.com/truopto...0-3w-60x48x3mm-with-20cm-flying-leads-56-0124.

It's a bit cloudy in the Dreaming Spires this morning so I used an OHP! On a sunny day you might get 1kW per 1m2, here in the UK. The solar sell is about 0.006 m2, so I make that 6 watts maximum. I'm not sure about the efficiency of the PV. Gut feeling, on a sunny day, it should work, ok, you're not going to break any land speed records but it's a great Stem workshop.
 
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A few years ago we had kits from Kitronick.co.uk. They were easy to make up but require the use of a soldering iron.
Only work well on a really sunny day or inside with a bright lamp.
 
Have you considered the rapid kit?

We had similar to these, although I don't think the panels would work now with the amount of dust gathered on them in whatever cupboard they are in.. :)
 
Ok, I've just done a test using that motor with this Solar Cell, https://www.rapidonline.com/truopto...0-3w-60x48x3mm-with-20cm-flying-leads-56-0124.

It's a bit cloudy in the Dreaming Spires this morning so I used an OHP! On a sunny day you might get 1kW per 1m2, here in the UK. The solar sell is about 0.006 m2, so I make that 6 watts maximum. I'm not sure about the efficiency of the PV. Gut feeling, on a sunny day, it should work, ok, you're not going to break any land speed records but it's a great Stem workshop.
Fantastic, thank you! Good to know that they'll get some movement :)
 
Have you considered the rapid kit?

We had similar to these, although I don't think the panels would work now with the amount of dust gathered on them in whatever cupboard they are in.. :)
We're hoping to use these kits one week and following up with giving them the single components and seeing what other things they can make, even if it's just another car with different decorations.
 
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