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Solar Energy Terms and Concepts
A Padlet has been created for the class:
Class will work together to post descriptions all terms. You may research
terms but descriptions need to be in a student’s own words.
1. Active solar energy system-
2. Array (solar panels)-
5. Fossil fuel-
7. Passive solar energy system-
8. Photovoltaic cells (PV cells)-
9. Solar collectors-
10. Solar electric cars-
11. Solar energy-
12. Solar oven-
13. Solar panel-
14. Solar thermal power plant (what is this and how does it work?)-
15. Turbine (what is this and why is it important to converting solar to electrical
Solar Energy: Important Concepts to Know
1. Capturing solar energy- sun radiates energy in the form of heat and
Passive- no equipment to collect, store or distribute energy, eg, roof
materials, rocks, cliff walls facing south
Active- use of water, pumps, fans to harness the solar energy
Solar cells- convert the sun’s energy to electrical energy, cells create a
square or rectangular panel, panels are then aligned into a certain
arrangement called an array.
2. Transferring solar energySolar oven: capture and reflect energy- glass wall, black interior,
insulated box 302oF
Solar thermal power plant: solar energy solar collectors to heat
up water produce steam turn turbine generate electricity
Solar car port: recharge solar car batteries using solar panels
3. Storing energy- in 2 usable forms heat and electric.
Thermos- layering principles (layer of air as insulation), reflective
material, prevent heat from escaping
Home- prevent heat from escaping –layers of insulation are needed,
check for air leaks
Solar energy converts to electric energy (stored in rechargeable
batteries for night time use, the electric energy can also be transferred
and used via the power grid)
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