Raspberry Pi projects for pallet wood, solar panel projects
A pallet of wood from a Raspberry Pi project is seen in this handout picture provided by the University of Queensland.
A palltable wood from the Raspberry Pi Project is seen with an LED light source in this picture provided to Reuters by the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia on December 7, 2016.
A Raspberry Pi device that uses solar panels to power a wood-fired oven can be made into a working wood stove or a wood stove in a matter of days, according to an Australian university’s new research.
The project was unveiled at the Australian International Science and Engineering Fair, the first international science and technology fair held every two years in Brisbane.
The Raspberry Pi 3 is a $35 computer that runs a Linux kernel 4.0 operating system and can power an array of wood-burning devices, including a fire oven, a wood fire, a griddle and a wood burner.
Wood from a wood project is shown in this illustration.
Researchers from the Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT) say they have built a “minimalistic” computer for the wood-consuming needs of a small family, such as when the family is camping or when the wood stove is used for cooking.
“It’s a project that uses simple wood for the power of the system,” QIT professor Matthew Henshaw told Reuters.
“I wanted to make it as small as possible, so it could be mounted in a backpack or a suitcase and carried anywhere.”
The researchers said the device has a power consumption of about 1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy, which is comparable to a woodstove.
The team used the Raspberry pi 3 as an example of how to build a working computer with wood-based technology, which they describe as a new way of using wood for power and the power storage in electronics.
The researchers say the Raspberry-powered stove and griddle uses less than 100 watts of energy when heated and about 20 watts when cooking, with no cooling required.
“We hope this opens the door to the wider world to use wood as a fuel source in a wide range of applications, from building materials to home insulation,” said lead researcher and QIT post-doctoral fellow John MacDougall.
“For example, in the world of climate change, there is an urgent need to use more renewable fuels and to reduce emissions, and this is where wood can be a major fuel source.”
The team is also looking into the use of wood for electric power in the future.
“If we can make wood more efficient and sustainable, we could see it being used in the production of batteries, solar panels, and a number of other technologies,” Hensho said.
“There are many other applications of wood as an energy source, including energy storage.”
The research, titled “A minimalistic working woodstoves using wood-electricity”, is described in a paper published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science.
The paper says the project uses a Raspberry pi model with a 2.4GHz ARM processor, 256MB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The system is powered by a 16-cell lithium-ion battery pack.
It uses a “battery-powered” design, where the Raspberry processor is used to control the temperature of the processor and the battery to power the system.
The research team has tested the Raspberry 3 in the lab with a wood griddle, a wooden oven and a cooking stove, and the research shows that the system can heat up to 4.8 kilograms of wood and cook up to 100 pounds of food in one night.
The QIT team says they are also planning to build the first “wood-powered mobile home”.
“There is a need for the world to be powered from wood,” Hennaw said.
The study also looked at the use and performance of the Raspberry device in building a solar panel using wood.
The scientists say the research paper is based on an algorithm developed by the team that calculates how much energy would be needed to power an oven using wood, using a system that uses two solar panels.
The authors said the algorithm allows them to “simplify the process of building a wood powered solar panel”.
The study is the first to examine the use-case of the wood powered Raspberry pi in a woodworking context, and is supported by the National Energy and Infrastructure Research Council.