Between 11th and 13th May 2009, the PHOTOVOLTAICS 09 workshop conducted by Bartaku (Bart Vandeput, FoAM) took place in MMC Kibla.
The workshop dedicated to the Photovoltaic Effect on U was based on Bartaku's ongoing research project PhoEf: The Undisclosed Poésis of the Photovoltaic Effect. Participants in the workshop explored the realm of photovoltaics: the conversion of light into electrical energy.
The workshop provided a hands-on session where playful observations and interactions with light were accompanied by experiments with various solar energy technologies and low power devices (without battery back up): the design of a simple pv-set up, calculate the power requirements and measure the power output using natural/artificial light. The participants learned how to make dye sensitized solar cells.
This practical part was complemented with a theoretical discussion that contextualized photovoltaics against the backdrop of the access to energy of mankind in the post-fossil fuel society.
Works of artists/creatives will be shown and discussed.
* The workshop participants had the possibility to: interact with light under various conditions; use solar cells for producing electricity for low power devices; learn how to design a solar powered system; learn the basics of measuring and calculating electrical power; learn how to make dye sensitized solar cells. Furthermore they acquired insight in the structure of the PV-market (how and where to purchase). Finally, they had the opportunity to discuss the conditions of future production and distribution of electrical energy.
The workshop is part of gRig project - Guild for Reality integrators and generators, supported by EU Culture Programme.