SUNWIND BLOG 2016-11-22T17:38:58+00:00


Michael Cooke founded SunWind Solar Industries Inc. in 1998 to provide solar energy information and to be a source of “hands-on” solar energy kits for children. SunWind kits encourage children to explore simple mechanics while building solar-electric machines of their own design.

Automata – 507 Mechanical Movements

By | June 25th, 2015|Categories: SunWind Blog|

Finally bringing together all of my old files over the years, for a final collating of important notes versus doodles, and came across a thin dusty file call "Automata". In it an advertisement for the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, 1994. "Making automata is hard. It requires a very wide range of [...]


By | September 27th, 2014|Categories: SunWind Blog|

To track the Sun and record its passage was another project that seemed worthwhile. It is tricky for children, or anyone for that matter, to perceive that it is our planet that is moving relative to the Sun, rather than the Sun moving relative to the Earth. Our language is [...]

Solar Radiation Spectrum

By | September 16th, 2013|Categories: SunWind Blog|

Solar insolation curve  (click to enlarge) The concept of solar energy can be abstract. We might know that it is electromagnetic radiation from the Sun, but  "WHERE on the electromagnetic spectrum is it?... and "HOW MUCH is there?" Knowing where and how much gives a person the power of their solar energy [...]

“Let it Shine” – the 6,000-year story of Solar Energy

By | September 7th, 2013|Categories: SunWind Blog|

Have just picked up John Perlin's latest book, Let It Shine: The 6,000-year old story of Solar Energy. This is a 30-years-later updated version of his book, A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology - which was THE bible of the history of solar energy usage. Obviously, he [...]


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