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5 random experiments with solar electric energy, ranging from charging smartphones and making hydrogen powered bottle rockets, to sparking plasma arcs and even starting a fire.

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These experiments and results are portrayals of my own attempts and experiences, and are accurate to the best of my knowledge. Your results may vary depending on your location, experience, and modifications to project ideas. There are risks associated with some of these projects that require adult supervision, and possibly others that I’m not aware of. Use of this video content is at your own risk.

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Verengo Solar ( sent me some solar panels so I could get my feet wet with using energy from the sun. I tried a bunch of experiments, which you’ll see in the project video. One of my favorites was hooking up my hydrogen generator, from a previous project, and generating this “earth friendly” fuel with renewable energy.

I’ve always wanted to hook my hydrogen generator to solar panels and see what happened, so that was the first order of business 🙂

I expected that gas production would be low, but was surprised to even get around 1 liter every 5 minutes. Imagine if you ran the generator all day. You could collect copious amounts of the fuel and it wouldn’t cost a penny. Perhaps 100 liters for 8 hours of sunlight? That blows my mind .. and my ear drums.

The fuel is made by electrically splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen gasses (2H20 = 2H2 + O2)

This gas is perfectly balanced for a powerful reaction, and when ignited, turns back into water. There are no by-products that are harmful to the environment. The process can be repeated over and over, and the gas is very powerful.

Rather than using a charge controller to charge a battery bank, I wanted to see if I could hook the panels directly to a cheap inverter to power devices on the fly. It seemed work just fine for charging my phone, but I did have to hook the inverter to a car battery to get it to power anything more substantial, like the battery charger for my cordless drill.

It really surprised me to see the juicy electrical arcs between the terminals. I wasn’t expecting to see a sustained plasma arc just from 2 panels in parallel. I’m still not exactly sure how it did that with such low voltage, but it was really cool to witness.

Overall, I’m a lot more interested in solar power now that I’ve been able to play with it a bit. I can see the value in it, and now that my feet are wet, I’m a lot less apprehensive about getting deeper into it in future projects.


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38 Comments on "Solar Electrical Experiments"

  1. David Alford says:

    Charge the batteries with the solar panels then run the hydrogen generator with the inverter.

  2. 3:30 All this energy is "Free of charge"… lol nice pun

  3. If we can make environmentally friendly gas then why do we use regular gas instead of the green gas?

  4. silicon wafers not silicone wafers…

  5. PYRO FALCON says:

    When hydrogen and oxygen are burned is just H2O produced or CO2 aswell?

  6. Duff Smith says:

    I'd like to see you separate out that hydrogen and oxygen, maybe compress them into storage tanks, and melt some metal with that. And then how have you not gotten on the supercap array bandwagon? You could combine a low-volt, high-amp carbon rod cattle prod thing to your foundry heating method and lay waste to a crucible of rusty nails.

  7. +Grsnt Thompson – "The King of Random" The clock that you had is the same one I have!

  8. Rich Rob02 says:

    hello Sir Grant Thompson! your videos are great! and makes me inspired to manufacture things by myself hehe … i love the most is the hydrogen generator. clean energy. it can literally replace gasoline of combustion engines but electric cars are more efficient. and then i've started searching on how to make electricity for free. i've stumbled on the most efficient way to create electricity, the Aluminum Air battery. aa can u make a video about it hehe? its pretty easy but i'm 100 percent sure your demo will be the best hehe. cheers!

  9. the disappearing bottle I heard a boom then the bottle was gone

  10. Grant, how much did your solar panels cost?

  11. mstrkush says:

    this one of your best videos and u dont even have 1 mill views, ILLUMINATI CONFIRMED!

  12. zombies aren't dumb (just slow) and they'll smash your solar panels (lol)
    anyway last zombie dies and we know who HE was don't we SS & JC (hehe)

  13. Get a noaa weather radio

  14. ed ed says:

    how do you make a robot

  15. RogueFro says:

    I have to say…..he must have a lot of time on his Hands ?

  16. Yusuf Ahmed says:

    Free of "charge"
    Get It?

  17. T Haskell says:

    i'm gonna need a power inverter a solar panel lots of wires and an xbox and tv oh and a car too

  18. E E-port says:

    I'd like to see the oxy gas power a smell generator that would be amazing.

  19. nardgames says:

    silicon not silicone

  20. Water vapor s a greenhouse gas. Even using a condenser will disperse heat into the atmosphere, in the long run causing vapor.

  21. Ronan Sewell says:

    grant tomson I would love to win one of those solar panels to power my house in England in sitting in the dark.

  22. wolfy boy says:

    i'm staying with THIS guy, in the zombie apocalypse!

  23. Gary Stinten says:

    hey bud.. get an old bbq and see if you can run it off your solar setup and hho generator with a pressure chamber..

  24. Ryan Moulder says:

    Cost: S̶e̶v̶e̶r̶a̶l̶ ̶h̶u̶n̶d̶r̶e̶d̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶s̶o̶l̶a̶r̶ ̶p̶a̶n̶e̶l̶s̶ FREE

  25. Ryan Moulder says:

    "An unusually juicy spark"

  26. SIME_LP says:

    How to convert hydrogen back into energy ?

  27. Jack Sawyer says:

    How ya doin', eh? I'm watching from London, Ontario. I've watched about 20 of your videos within the last 24 hours. Today I am going to buy some materials today to build a couple of your projects. I love your videos, they inspire me to have fun with the world around me. It's great to be able to take all the lessons I've learned from chemistry and physics, and apply it to fun projects. I feel alot safer now when the zombie apocalypse happens. We live in an incredible time, where we can pull a microwave out of the garbage and turn it into an arc welder for only a couple bucks! I think any kid who is bored or depressed should take on a couple of your projects to open their minds. You said it best when you said that you love doing these things because it "makes me feel alive". Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

    BTW, I was thinking of building a DIY mulcher or wood chipper with a salvaged lawnmower motor and blade. I'm sure you could build a great one! If you do, please make a video and share! Lol. Thanks again. Take care!

  28. CST1992 says:

    "Good morning everyone! What part of the world are you all watching from? I apologize to my friends in the UK .. this probably isn't something you'll be able to try! Give me a like if I'm right about that??! :D"

    Nope, I can't.
    You're the "King of Random" and it was in your video that I saw how to use a TV lens to generate enormous heat of the order of hundreds of degrees C and now you're saying this is not doable because there's not enough sun? Nope, don't think so.

  29. Just remember, tons and tons of that same hydrogen in a real rocket…suddenly set on fire.

  30. i design says:

    how about hho stove.. can you make 1.. :-)

  31. Hagen T says:

    If you want your hydroxy cells to work better you have to isolate each cell for each other so the electric energy from one cell can't see the other cells via through the electrolyte. It would be interesting to measure the difference in output and waste heat generation from what you currently have to the improved version. Cheers.

  32. Im watching from Athens Greece! you rock!

  33. Tyler Lappa says:

    can you run a car in the hydroxy gas?

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