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Energy 101: Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/multimedia/video_energy101_pv.html

Department of Energy

This video, from the US Department of Energy, shows the basics of how a PV panel converts light radiated from the sun into usable power, whether on the electric grid or off, and without emissions or the use of fossil fuels.

Video length 2 min.

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Climate Literacy
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A combination of strategies is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The most immediate strategy is conservation of oil, gas, and coal, which we rely on as fuels for most of our transportation, heating, cooling, agriculture, and electricity. Short-term strategies involve switching from carbon-intensive to renewable energy sources, which also requires building new infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Long-term strategies involve innovative research and a fundamental change in the way humans use energy.
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Energy Literacy

Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
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Different sources of energy and the different ways energy can be transformed, transported and stored each have different benefits and drawbacks.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .

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Energy from the sun (and the wind and water energy derived from it) is available indefinitely. Because the transfer of energy from these resources is weak and variable, systems are needed to collect and concentrate the energy.
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About the Science

  • A very clear visual and verbal explanation of how a PV panel works. Discusses light as a photon.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • The main message of the video is that PV systems generate power without pollution as they convert the sun's energy into electricity.

Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEAN

http://www1.eere.energy.gov/multimedia/index.html - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy multimedia website

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