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Solar Photovoltaic Technology Basics Video

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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This video introduces photovoltaic energy resources and the related science and engineering research conducted at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Video length: 6:36 min.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Use this video and the other information on the NREL site as a starting point for student research on different renewable energy technologies.

About the Science

  • Most of the video footage is from the NREL laboratories and features scientists who are actively involved in research and development of photovoltaic systems.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Though Silicon is the second most abundant material on earth, it is not cheap to be purified. So although abundant silicon solar cells are cheap to produce.

About the Pedagogy

  • The video is embedded into the NREL page on learning about photovoltaics.
  • A variety of scientists and engineers are featured and specific terms are well explained.
  • A good introductory video to Photovoltaic and a lead into a solar or renewable energy unit.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Video is closed captioned.
  • Functionality of watching video in full-screen mode didn't work.
  • Written text of the script is available from the website.

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