Young Shining Scientists of Choueifat - Lahore
Grade 9 students, Danish Alvi and Aaim Abdul Rehman, became finalists of the ‘EUREKA 2012 Shaukat Khanum Science Fair’ and were given the opportunity to display their project in the exhibition on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in Lahore. Being the members of the ‘Science Club’ of the International School of Choueifat – Lahore, both students worked very hard for months to prepare this project under the supervision of their physics teacher, Mr. Amad-ud-din Raja.
Project Name: Solar Sterling Generator
In this project electric energy is produced by the DC Generator, which is propelled by an engine. The engine takes heat energy from CSP (Concentrated Solar Power). An electric circuit “Solar Tracker” coupled with a servomotor is attached with the reflective parabolic dish to focus sunlight to the focal point where the heat source of the Stirling engine is placed.
Basically in this project solar energy is converted into mechanical energy, which is then converted into electrical energy.
During the exhibition many students, parents, teachers, journalists, and people belonging to various walks of life, witnessed and appreciated the project, especially the solar tracker. Various Pakistani TV channels, including GEO TV and CNBC Pakistan, gave the special coverage to this project and interviewed both students. While describing the importance of this project to the media in his interview, Danish Alvi said, “This is sort of a unique idea which would revolutionise the solar energy projects by prolonging the exposure time of solar generators or solar panels to the sun while its movement along the azimuth.”
The entire ISC Lahore community is proud of this scientific achievement of our two young inventors.