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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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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

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