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The Challenge of Solar Power

From Teachers TV, this Inside Science video describes technologies and concepts which are attempting to use solar energy as a renewable source of electricity.

One of the world's most visionary solar power plants is near Seville, Spain. This solar plant may be providing all of Seville's electricity needs in...

Electricity Generation: Renewables

This film clip shows how steam is used to drive turbines in power stations which burn fossil fuels. It then looks at how turbines can be adapted to be driven by alternative energy sources, and examines the advantages and disadvantages of energy sources such as wind, to solar, biomass, hydroelectric power, tidal and...

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...

Build Your Own Nuclear Reactor

From Teachers TV, this Inside Science video is an accessible and informative overview of nuclear fission and the economics behind building a new nuclear power. The video poses the mock challenge; to solve the world's energy needs, why not build your very own nuclear power plant? The video describes: • nuclear...

Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fuels

This resource from Defence Dynamics looks at the use of nuclear power in the context of a nuclear submarine. The file Nuclear fission and nuclear fuels contains materials that describe how nuclear fission takes place, before looking at the advantages and disadvantages of using nuclear power for both civilian...

Energy Analyst

Rebecca Beresford is an energy analyst at EDF Energy. This clip could be useful when teaching about sustainable development, enery efficiency or climate change. It also illustrates a career that requires an understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Rebecca describes her role, "...

Electricity Generation: Non Renewables

Fossil Fuels and nuclear energy still account for over 60% of the UK's electricity generation and in some countries their use is even on the rise. As well as containing clear explanations and graphics to illustrate how energy from coal, gas and uranium is used to generate electricity, this clip explores the...

ATV – Jules Verne

The book, From the Earth to the Moon written by Jules Verne, describes firing the explorers from a canon to reach the Moon. This video explores Newton’s equation for gravitational force and how these forces change over distance. Anu Ojha explains how the International Space Station is in freefall, and how this...

ATV – Johaness Kepler

This video explains the historical context of observations and the different models of the solar system, that led to Kepler’s theories of elliptical planetary orbits. Both the Copernican and Ptolemaic models required the use of epicycles to explain retrograde motion. Kepler spent six years developing his three...

ATV – Georges Lemaitres

This video explains how Lemaître theory of the Big Bang explained the measurements made from the early 20th Century until today. The presenter, Anu Ojha, explains how different elements have different spectra because of the changes in energy levels of the electrons in the atoms. Spectroscopy of many nebulae show a...

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