Division: M (6-8)
School: Indian Trails Middle Team Size: 1

Solar Wii gaming system

Energy wiz  

By: Nathan Foster

The Solar Wii Gaming System

Hi i am Nathan and this is the new and improved solar powered gaming system .And this is how it works first the solar panel has atoms and the photons from the sun knock the electrons from the photovoltaic cell creating a flow of electricity to the  charge controller to keep the battery from overheating the battery collects the energy and stores it to than be sent to the converter to go from dc to ac than sent to the tv  now what are the specs the solar panel is 100 watts the charge controller is 30 amps the battery is 12 volts and the alternator is 1500 watts and i converts 12 volts dc to 115 ac the wii and tv can run about 2 hr on a full charge on just the bettery.now fore the new and improved parts we have moved the tv to a shelf to  prevent from falling we moved the alternator to the front and clean up the wires .   

9 thoughts on “Solar Wii gaming system

  • May 6, 2021 at 11:31 am
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    What a great application of solar technology! I’m sure you got a lot of interest since you are using a very popular gaming system that all kids would love to experiment with. Two hours is plenty of screen time for most of the kids I know! Great job, and it’s great that you are mentoring younger students with your project.

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  • May 5, 2021 at 8:47 am
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    Good job Nathan! The video has clear quality, & this is a very nice machine.

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  • May 4, 2021 at 4:10 pm
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    Wow, I applaud you for learning about all that equipment and the design and integration of the entire system.

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  • May 4, 2021 at 12:20 pm
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    Nathan – Bravo on explaining the solar TV/Wii Gaming System. It is evident that you take a lot of pride in your work and in sharing this knowledge with others. I’m sure the local elementary students have loved your demonstrations, which hopefully has peaked their interest to participate in renewable energy classes later in middle school.

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  • May 4, 2021 at 7:53 am
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    Yes they loved it and walked around it to look fore cords going to the wall and where shocked they didn’t see them they enjoyed playing the games and having us sign off on there STEM passport’s.

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  • May 3, 2021 at 5:11 pm
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    Thank you for the clarification. It is great to hear that you have used the project ‘in the real world’ as they say. Did the elementary students think it was really cool?

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  • May 3, 2021 at 2:57 pm
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    Great project! I enjoyed your explanation–I wish it would have been longer! One question–does the PV power both the television and the gaming system? I would have also loved to see some data (or the calculations) on how long (over the 2 hours) that the PV would power the tv and gaming system in sunlight.

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    • May 3, 2021 at 3:25 pm
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      Thank You, The video seems to have been cut short but here is a little more information. If the solar panel where left in the sun it would be continuously charge and replenish the battery while you played the game. It does power both the tv and the Wii. We have taken it to local elementary STEM nights to demonstrate it to the elementary students and it typically lasts 2 hours.

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      • May 6, 2021 at 4:15 pm
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        Impressive that it powered both the TV and the Wii and a run time of 2 hours. Nice work on this project.

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