Renewable energy working demonstration units

“Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember.
Let me do it, I’ll understand.”

We have five  working demonstration units used to help students to understand the technology by allowing hands-on experimentation.

Solar-Active’s engineer can bring the units to your school, help students to assemble them and get them working and also assist the students and  teacher during the sessions. Assembly manuals and classroom worksheets have been written for your use in the lesson. Our engineer is a trained teacher and fully DBS checked. Learning can take place during or after the school day to suit your requirements.

Unit hire with engineer is required and charged plus travel costs from Sheffield and return. Contact us for a quotation.

Available Equipment

Hot Box

Pelton water wheel unit

Solar water heating unit

Solar PV portable recharge and music/mic unit

Wind turbine unit

Renewable Energy Workshops

We organised and conduct workshops demonstrating the applicability of renewable energy and sustainability topics in achieving National Curriculum Science and Design & Technology outcomes at primary and secondary levels. Our senior trainer has had many years’ experience in this field and is appropriately qualified and CRB registered.

Resources Guide

Programme details

  • How to embed renewable energy in the curriculum Resources
  • Build Solar & Wind Powered Devices & Demonstrations
  • Where? At your school, college or local community centre
  • When? Throughout the year daytime and evenings (1/2 day, day, twilight)
  • What? Course content tailored to your requirements

Wind turbine

Workshop Contents

  • introduction to renewable energy
  • photovoltaics (PV)/solar electricity
  • solar water heating
  • wind power
  • full life cycle costs

Workshop Format

  • hands-on activities
  • problem-solving
  • investigations
  • encouraging team building

Past Workshops

  • London Borough of Islington, Educational Business Partnership and London Electricity
  • London Borough of Islington, Educational Business Partnership and Education Support Services (BRESS)
  • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Agenda 21 Office and Educational Business Partnership
  • National Eco-Schools Conference, St. Georges School, Harpenden

“Using renewable energy resources to achieve National Curriculum Science and Design & Technology outcomes”

Programme details

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Participants expectations! & What is to be achieved!
  • Renewable energy overview, Sources of Energy, Sources of Renewable Energy & RE technologies as sources of energy for domestic, educational and industrial applications
  • Environmental Issues: e.g. global warming, “greenhouse gases”

Tea break

  • “There is not enough sun today for solar energy to work?
  • Solar electricity (practical activities), series, parallel, good/bad conductors, safety, voltage, current, circuits, design and assemble a solar clock
  • Solar water heating, history of solar water heating, introduction to solar water heating systems for learning and teaching about heat transfer theory, types of solar collectors · NEW solar water heating systems educational devices
  • Wind Power


  • How the solar cell is manufactured and works! ICT resources, UK-ISES fact sheets other educational resources
  • Design and build a solar model car. Friction, gearing, movement, weight & motion. Play & work. Invention & design
  • Design & Technology Guidelines: Fitting Renewable Energy into the National Curriculum. Lesson plans and classroom worksheets
  • Plenary and Conclusion Assessment of days activities