Bio-Energy Science Kit

Brand: Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Product Code: 1061003


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The Bio-energy Science Kit (FCJJ-22) is a great way to find out how a direct ethanol fuel cell works.  Unlike most fuel cells which use either hydrogen or methanol as a fuel source, the Bio-Energy Kit is a working demonstration of the conversion of ethanol to electrical energy.  The process is silent, requiring no combustion, and can run for hours.  Explore the next generation of fuel cell technology today!


✔ Understand the principles behind ethanol fuel cell technology
✔ Hands on experimentation with novel technology
✔ Includes pH paper to shows the change in the physical properties of the of the consumed ethanol fuel
✔ Includes experiment guide on CD as well as a complete manual
✔ The fuel solution can be made with household items
✔ UPC: 6942503410037

Bio-energy experiments

✔ Create electricity from ethanol and water
✔ Exploring polarity
✔ Ethanol fuel consumption
✔ Exploring the effect of varying fuel concentrations
✔ Create electricity from wine and beer
✔ Exploring the effects of temperature


✔ Plastic base with ethanol storage
✔ Rubber tubing
✔ Purging valve
✔ Electric motor
✔ Wire leads with clips
✔ Fan blade
✔ Direct Ethanol Fuel Cell
✔ Container for mixing ethanol solution
✔ pH paper measuring strips
✔ Lid for ethanol storage
✔ Renewable Energy Curriculum CD

 Horizon Bio-Energy Kit Assembly Guide, FCJJ-22

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

✔ Asking Questions and Defining Problems
✔ Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
✔ Analyzing and Interpreting Data
✔ Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
✔ Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
✔ Engaging in Argument from Evidence
✔ Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts

✔ Patterns
✔ Cause and Effect
✔ Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
✔ Energy and Matter
✔ Structure and Function
✔ Stability and Change

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

✔ MS-ESS3.A - Natural Resources
✔ MS-ESS3.C - Human Impacts on Earth Systems
✔ MS-ESS3.D - Global Climate Change
✔ MS-PS2.A - Forces and Motion
✔ MS-PS2.B - Types of Interactions
✔ MS-PS3.B - Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
✔ HS-ESS3.A - Natural Resources
✔ HS-ESS3.C - Human Impacts on Earth Systems
✔ HS-ESS3.D - Global Climate Change
✔ HS-PS2.A - Forces and Motion
✔ HS-PS2.B - Types of Interactions
✔ HS-PS3.B - Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Energy Literacy Framework

1.1 - Energy is a quantity that is transferred from system to system
1.3 - Energy is neither created nor destroyed
1.4 - Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from system to system
1.5 - Energy comes in different forms and can be divided into categories
1.6 - Chemical and nuclear reactions involve the transfer and transformation of energy
1.7 - Many different units are used to quantify energy
1.8 - Power is a measure of energy transfer rate
4.1 - Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors
4.2 - Human use of energy is subject to limits and constraints
4.6 - Humans intentionally store energy for later use in a number of different ways
4.7 - Different sources of energy and the different ways energy can be transformed, transported, and stored each have different benefits and drawbacks
6.1 - Conservation of energy has two very different meanings
6.4 - Earth has limited energy resources
6.5 - Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by human society. The
6.8 - The amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored

Common Core English Language Arts and Common Core Math Standards

✔ RST.6-8.1 - Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts
✔ RST.6-8.3 - Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks
✔ WHST.6-8.7 - Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating questions allowing for multiple explorations
✔ MP.2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively
✔ 6.RP.A.2 - Understand the concept of a unit rate a/b associated with a ratio a:b with b ≠ 0, and use rate language in the context of a ratio relationship
✔ 6.RP.A.3 - Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems
✔ 6.SP.B.5 - Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context

1. The fan begins to run slower or stops running completely
a) Disconnect the motor connector wires from the fuel celll. Place the purge tube (exhaust tube) over a container and empty the contents of the acetic acid solution. Open the valve to let a few drops of acetic acid flow out, allowing the mixture of the fresh ethanol solution to re-enter the fuel cell. Wait for 5-10 minutes. Then connect the motor connector wires to the fuel cell. Tap the fan’s blade to get it started and watch it go at constant speed.
b) If the solution level is too low in the container and it can not flow into the fuel cell chamber, mix new solution and pour it into the container to reach the proper level.
c) You can also try the following steps:
Step 1: Disconnect the wires from the fuel cell.
Step 2: Place the exhaust tube (connected to the purging valve) over a container or suitable receptacle.
Step 3: Open the purging valve by sliding the switch to the right side, purging out the used solution in the fuel cell chamber and allowing a new volume of ethanol solution to re-enter the fuel cell chamber, then close the valve.
Step 4: Wait for 5-10 minutes before reconnecting the motor wires to the fuel cell. Once reconnected, watch the fan start rotating again at constant speed. The fuel cell is able to start the reaction once more (and more hydrogen protons can permeate through the membrane).
2. After all the wires and tubes have been connected, the fan still cannot run.
a) Make sure that the red and black clips are connected on the two terminals located on the fuel cell.
b) Make sure that the tube from the solution container is well connected to the nozzle of the fuel cell.
c) Make sure the ethanol solution is able to circulate into the fuel cell and that the tubing is not blocked.

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