Exploring Solar Energy

Review: Atomic Structure

Three particles
Electrostatic Force
Strong nuclear force


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Radiant Energy

Nuclear Fusion


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Northern Hemisphere Seasons

Variances in Solar Radiation


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Average Daily Solar Insolation Per Month © The NEED Proje .

Major Uses of Solar Energy o Daylight o Drying Agricultural Products o Space Heating o Water Heating o Generating Electrical Power oConcentrating Solar Power (CSP) oPhotovoltaics © The NEED Proje .

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Space Heating Through Passive Solar © The NEED Proje .

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Active Solar Heating © The NEED Proje .

Solar Collector  Glass on outside  Absorbent on inside  Circulating Fluid © The NEED Proje .

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Generating Electrical Power  Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) • Trough systems • Power towers  Heat exchanger plus steam turbine  Photovoltaics • Small-scale (buildings) kW production • Large-scale (utilities) MW production  Photoelectric effect © The NEED Proje .

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) .

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How a Power Tower Works © The NEED Proje .

Ivanpah.000 garage door-sized mirrors and 173.500 heliostats. Mojave Desert  The United States houses the largest CSP plant in the Mojave Desert. Image courtesy of NRG Energy © The NEED Proje . It uses 347.  Ivanpah is operated by NRG.

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Net Metering Participation EIA: Electric Power Annual 2012 © The NEED Proje .

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Worldwide PV Installed Capacity .

Top Countries for Installed PV Capacity US Department of Energy. NREL 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book © The NEED Proje .

Global Regional PV Installations per Inhabitant Source: European Photovoltaic Industry © The NEED Proje .

Projected Global Photovoltaic Growth 450 400 350 300 GW Installed Capacity 250 200 150 100 50 0 2015 2020E © The NEED Proje .

Advantages of Solar Energy • Clean • Sustainable • Free • Provide electricity to remote places © The NEED Proje .

Disadvantages of Solar Energy  Less efficient and costly equipment  Part Time  Reliability Depends On Location  Environmental Impact of PV Cell Production © The NEED Proje .

Classroom Photovoltaics  Experiments help students understand the conditions needed for optimal power production  Focus of secondary-level solar curriculum  Use digital multimeters © The NEED Proje .

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