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Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power
https://www.eeremultimedia.energy.gov/solar/videos/energy_101_concentrating_solar_power

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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 troughs.

Video length: 2:16 min.

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ngssSee how this Video supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts
High School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Use this video when discussing CSP or before introducing solar energy projects.

About the Science

  • This video explains what Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is, how it works, and how parabolic troughs are used to concentrate heat from the sun to produce electricity.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Easy to understand step-by-step how-to on generating electricity with this technology.

About the Pedagogy

  • A very simple explanation; very clear and to the point.
  • Teachers will have to unpack a lot of information with students after viewing.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Closed captioned

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

MS-PS3.A4:The term “heat” as used in everyday language refers both to thermal energy (the motion of atoms or molecules within a substance) and the transfer of that thermal energy from one object to another. In science, heat is used only for this second meaning; it refers to the energy transferred due to the temperature difference between two objects.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 3

Energy and Matter

MS-C5.2: Within a natural or designed system, the transfer of energy drives the motion and/or cycling of matter.

MS-C5.3:Energy may take different forms (e.g. energy in fields, thermal energy, energy of motion).

MS-C5.4:The transfer of energy can be tracked as energy flows through a designed or natural system.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

HS-PS4.B2:When light or longer wavelength electromagnetic radiation is absorbed in matter, it is generally converted into thermal energy (heat). Shorter wavelength electromagnetic radiation (ultraviolet, X-rays, gamma rays) can ionize atoms and cause damage to living cells

Cross Cutting Concepts: 3

Energy and Matter

HS-C5.2:Changes of energy and matter in a system can be described in terms of energy and matter flows into, out of, and within that system.

HS-C5.3:Energy cannot be created or destroyed—only moves between one place and another place, between objects and/or fields, or between systems.

HS-C5.4: Energy drives the cycling of matter within and between systems.


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