Dubbed “Solar Racer,” the exhibit was built by University of Alabama in Huntsville undergraduate students and will be a permanent display at the facility. Sci-Quest partnered with UAH students and the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Women in Defense for the exhibit, which will support the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Energy Station kiosk.
“Solar Racer” shows how solar energy cells can be harnessed and used to power race cars. At the exhibit, visitors will see a race track model with two cars powered by solar panels that gather energy from electrons. The goal of the exhibit is to raise public awareness about renewable energy and educate users on the various ways TVA generates and transmits electricity. Alternative power sources such as solar energy, hydro power and wind power will be explained via a touch screen and other hands-on exhibits.
The UAH students responsible for the conception, design and build of this project are Sean Sheehy, Eddie McAbee, Nicholas Jones, Tony Higginbotham and Benjamin Hester. The exhibit was a part of their senior project in Dr. Christina Carmen’s mechanical and aerospace design class at UAH.
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