Career Clips: Solar Energy Researcher

From the Institute of Physics, this eight minute film follows a PhD student as her research into photovoltaic cells takes her to an academic conference in Hawaii. This helps to illustrate how collaboration and communication is a big part of a scientist's work. We also see her at work back in the laboratory, where she is working to increase the efficiency of photovoltaic cells. The video also looks at the use of solar panels to generate a source of renewable energy. Using solar cells to generate electricity can be a valuable source of power for remote communities in developing nations that do not have an extensive power distribution grid. This illustrates a good example of sustainable development. The clip is part of series which highlights the opportunities that physics can open up and also shows the applications of science innovations.

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