Kikkerland Design Kikkerland - Solar Queen Platinum Edition
Also known as the light mill or solar engine, the solar radiometer demonstrates with simple physics and movement how light can be transformed into energy. Its invention in 1873 is credited to Sir William Crookes, an English physicist. The black and polished vanes are suspended in the semi-vacuum created inside the radiometer. When exposed to a warm light source, such as the sun or a lamp, the vanes spin. The more powerful the light source the faster the vanes will spin. The black side of the vane absorbs the light faster than the polished side. Air pressure builds and raises the temperature on the back side of the vane causing the spinning motion. Base 6 x 6 x 2.5cm. Radiometer 10 x 8cm.
Since 1992, New York based Kikkerland Design have been putting the ‘fun’ in functional with their practical, tongue-in-cheek collection of home accessories, storage solutions and gadgets. From a pen holder and plant pot combination to a crab shaped multi-tool, Kikkerland Design, in their own words, combine “form, function, and delight in equal parts.” Shop the Kikkerland collection.