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Stirling Engine Model

Order code: 620325
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Scientrific's price  $220.00    
Educational special   $195.00
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Power a Car with Solar Generated Electricity. Discover the Stirling engine, a simple, clean and efficient energy technology that is quickly becoming a viable source of electricity as the availability of fossil fuels declines. The Stirling engine in this kit uses renewable energy from the sun to drive a generator, which charges a rechargeable battery (not included) to power an electric car. Named after its inventor, Robert Stirling, the original Stirling engine dates back almost 200 years. Today, high-tech Stirling engines are being used in arrays of giant mirrored solar collectors and common applications like compact generators. NASA is even working on using Stirling engines to power a human outpost on the moon!

Like a steam engine, a Stirling engine is a heat engine that converts heat energy into mechanical work, usually to drive a generator that then converts the mechanical energy into electricity. But instead of water and steam, the Stirling engine uses a permanently enclosed volume of gas, such as air or helium, to perform the mechanical work. Stirling engines are highly efficient, can operate very quietly and can use many different sources of heat: combustion of fuels, nuclear fission, geothermal, or solar heat like this model uses.

The Stirling engine in this kit is located in a charging station with a mirrored parabolic dish. The dish focuses the sun's rays onto the cylindrical glass bulb of the Stirling engine to heat it up. The air inside the bulb heats up and pushes a piston, which turns an electric generator. The generator produces electricity that charges a rechargeable battery (not supplied) in the car. The car runs on an electric motor powered by the battery. A suitable battery is our SC5489.

Also included is a methylated spirits burner which can be used to heat the Stirling engine when sunlight is not available. Methylated spirits is NOT included. The kit includes the charging station with a beta type Stirling engine, the electric car and a full-colour 64 page manual.

Ages 12 and up.

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Last edited 27th Apr 2018

This product is used in teaching these Australian Curriculum codes:
ACSSU049 - Physical Sciences - Heat - Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another
ACSSU117 - Physical Sciences - Forces and Machines - Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces, including Earth’s gravitational attraction, acting on the object
ACSSU155 - Physical Sciences - Energy Forms - Energy appears in different forms, including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and energy transformations and transfers cause change within systems
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Works with:
SC5489AAA Nickel Metal Hydride Batteryfrom $3.50 plus GST

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