Jamie Kurtz, U.S. Department of Energy/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
4.5 Electricity generation.
Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
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- Use video to help students understand the science engineering and technology behind Photovoltaic (PV) energy generation.
- The teacher should spend a bit of time discussing the concepts of band gap, electron hole pair, semiconductor materials, electromagnetic spectrum, and efficiency.
About the Science
- Innovations, from using materials that lower manufacturing costs to expanding application and use, are driving the photovoltaic (PV) industry forward.
- A brief PV history demonstrates the materials innovation and evolution from high cost silicon to less expensive multi-silicon and thin film.
- Comments from expert scientist: The information is in the activity is strong and is not likely to be dated in the near future. The video provides a good overview of photovoltaics, but also delves into more scientific detail than similar programs.
About the Pedagogy
- This video demonstrates how science, technology, and engineering are working together to innovate PV electricity generation.
- Good resource for student research especially in conjunction with the other resources at https://www.eeremultimedia.energy.gov/solar/
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