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Solar Paint your Roof
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/oer08.sci.phys.energy.solarpaint/

NOVA, WGBH Educational Foundation, Teachers' Domain

This video is a short segment from NOVA's 2007 Saved by the Sun video. It features a new solar technology -- fabricating solar paint -- being developed to make solar electricity more affordable.

Video length: 3:01 minutes.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

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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Actions taken by individuals, communities, states, and countries all influence climate. Practices and policies followed in homes, schools, businesses, and governments can affect climate. Climate-related decisions made by one generation can provide opportunities as well as limit the range of possibilities open to the next generation. Steps toward reducing the impact of climate change may influence the present generation by providing other benefits such as improved public health infrastructure and sustainable built environments.
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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.
Electricity is usually generated in one of two ways.
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4.5 Electricity generation.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .

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Teaching Tips

  • This resource could be used in the context of state-of-the-art research and development on solar technologies currently underway at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden, CO http://www.nrel.gov/solar/

About the Science

  • A chemist from California Institute of Technology describes how solar paint technology, using titanium oxide processed into nanotubes, could convert sunlight into electricity using relatively cheap materials and offer a solution to the global energy crisis.

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Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Technology well designed and easy to access.
  • When viewing online, the full-screen mode is pixilated.

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