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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.

    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 ...

    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.

    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 ...

    Solar Panels for Your Home

    In this video segment from NOVA's Saved By the Sun hour-long video, students learn about photovoltaics and see how two families are using solar technologies in their homes. The video introduces ...

    Wind Power Basics

    This activity focuses on wind energy concepts, which are introduced through a Reading Passage and by answering assessment questions. Students construct and test a windmill to observe how design and ...

    Fuel Cell Animation

    This fuel cell animation demonstrates how a fuel cell uses hydrogen to produce electricity, with only water and heat as byproducts. The animation consists of four parts - an introduction, fuel cell ...

    Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems

    This activity introduces students to the process of converting sunlight into electricity through the use of photovoltaics (solar cells). Students complete a reading passage with questions and an ...

    The United States of Energy

    This series of informative graphics provide a regional overview of US energy resources.

    Wind Story

    This animation presents the characteristics of wind power as a source of clean energy. The force of moving air generates electricity, by rotating blades around a rotor. The motion of the rotor turns ...

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