Solar Power: Electricity from the Sun
This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). Solar cells use light from the Sun to generate electricity, and it is now quite common to see solar-powered consumer devices. What has held back the use of solar power in large-scale electricity generation has been the relatively high cost of solar cells. However, with the escalating costs of fossil fuels and evidence of their environmental impact, solar power is becoming an increasingly attractive option. This booklet looks at how solar cells work, the factors that affect their output, and the economics of solar power.
The Solar Power booklet contains an illustrated overview of the topic with suggestions for teachers on how to introduce the ideas in the classroom, plus student activity sheets and notes for teachers and technicians.
The downloadable resources include:
• Student activities: zip files containing the activity sheets in PDF and editable Word formats.
• PowerPoint presentations: these contain a complete set of the images used in the booklet and activity sheets.
The ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ publications are supported by low-cost practical resources available from Mindsets:
* SEP publications and resources from Mindsets
* Practical resources for Solar Power: Electricity from the Sun
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