Transparent Solar Panels?!

Coming soon to a windowpane near you, a solar panel you can see through! Science scholars discover new solar technology in a short video. The narrator compares the dark, traditional solar panel with the recently developed clear version and explains the pros and cons of each.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Video makes a great addition to an alternative energy sources or technology lesson
  • Locate data that compares the efficiency of clear solar panels with the traditional design
Classroom Considerations
  • Give additional information on how the solar energy collected is transformed into electrical energy
Pros
  • The resource highlights some of the difficulties developers are having in terms of cost and efficiency, which can be used to launch an NGSS-aligned activity on improving a design
  • Animations show how the clear panels with tiny embedded cells collect certain wavelengths of sunlight while allowing others to pass through
Cons
  • None
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