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    Solar Power Basics

    This introductory video summarizes the process of generating solar electricity from photovoltaic and concentrating (thermal) solar power technologies.

    Cooking with Sol

    This activity from the Department of Energy provides background information about solar ovens and instructions on building a simple model solar cooker.

    Selecting Sites for Renewable Energy Projects

    In this activity, students use Google Earth to investigate a variety of renewable energy sources and select sites within the United States that would be appropriate for projects based on those ...

    Solar Energy

    In this activity, which comes at the beginning of a 40-day sequence of activities in an energy module, students observe the transfer of solar energy to different appliances with a solar cell and ...

    Great Energy Debate

    This is a debate-style learning activity in which student teams learn about energy sources and are then assigned to represent the different energy sources. Working cooperatively, students develop ...

    Renewables Roundup - Earth: The Operators' Manual

    This video segment explores whether, in principle, renewable energy resources could meet today's global energy needs of about 15.7 terawatts.

    Photovoltaics: A Diverse Technology

    This video reviews how photovoltaic (PV) cells work, noting that technological innovations are decreasing costs and allowing PV use to expand.

    Khaki Goes Green- Earth: The Operators' Manual

    This video segment highlights how the U.S. military is the single largest user of energy in the nation, but it is also trying to reduce its carbon bootprint. Scenes taped at Fort Irwin and Camp ...

    Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power

    This video describes how concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies reflect and collect solar energy to generate electricity. This video explains what CSP is, how it works, and focuses on parabolic ...

    How the World Can Tackle Climate Change

    This short video reviews how nations and individuals on Earth can work together to reduce the emission of CO2. It discusses strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (energy conservation, ...

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