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Solar Energy Car

Postby treesmith429 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:51 am

Hello! I’m helping my son with his project. Using a kit, he constructed the frame of the car. It is very cloudy today, but I took the car outside to see if we can get the motor running. Nothing has happened. I’m wondering if it needs to be a very bright, sunny day?

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Re: Solar Energy Car

Postby bfinio » Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:29 am


Yes, in general for solar-powered projects to work, you will need full sunlight. You can also test some solar projects indoors with a high-wattage incandescent bulb (100 or 150W, or even a 250W heat lamp), but they won't work with LED or CFL bulbs.

Hope that helps!


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