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Solar Power Basics

US Dept. of Energy/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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

Video length: 3:57 min.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • While not comprehensive coverage of the subject, this video can be used as an introduction to the two primary ways solar energy is harnessed to generate electricity.

About the Science

  • Describes how solar power is harnessed in simple and understandable terms.
  • The video focuses on strengths of solar power but does not address limitations or weaknesses.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Easy-to-understand narration and visuals about two types of solar energy technology. Applications of the technology are also discussed.
  • Educators will need to expand upon the scientific concepts directly and indirectly presented in the video, i.e. energy capacity and storage, how pv panels work, etc.
  • Can be used in conjunction with other CLEAN-selected solar energy activities and resources.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Closed-captioned text is included.

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