Energy students test solar panels

Experimenting: The Banff and Buchan College students experimented with the solar panels as part of studying different types of energy.
Experimenting: The Banff and Buchan College students experimented with the solar panels as part of studying different types of energy.

Beautiful weather at the weekend increased the enthusiasm of Banff and Buchan College Energy students when they met at Huntly Learning Centre on Saturday April 28 to test their solar collector designs.

The main function of the test was to determine the rise in water temperature that could be gained, in a measured reservoir, by using their solar collectors.

Each student conducted experiments into the materials they would use for their collectors, which involved placing various materials into sunlight and measuring the temperature gain.

They worked in teams to draw up a plan of their own design and then constructed the solar collectors.

The teams could use any materials they wished to supply and a variety of designs were tried out.

The collector used by Gordon Schools Girls into Energy gained 11.9ºC with top temperature of 21.4 ºC making them the ‘winners’ of the event.

A variety of innovative methods were used to mke the solar panels including old garden hoses and cuts of timber.

Lecturer Tony Scott said:

“All of the students and Banff and Buchan College staff had a fantastic day experimenting with the solar collectors, which is only one part of the course.

“They have also been studying energy power systems, conversion of energy and wind turbines”.