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Solar Energy for Kids

Solar Energy

Solar energy is the light and heat that Earth receives from the Sun. On the side of Earth facing the Sun, a square kilometer at the sea level receives about 700 megawatts of solar power every minute. Only a minuscule fraction of the available solar energy is used to generate electricity.
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Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic
Grade: 4 - 12
Solar energy for kids - An introduction to solar photovoltaic energy generation.
2:30
 

How Solar Works
Grade: 4 - 12
A video that explains how home solar panels work.
1:15
 

Solar Power 101 - How Does Sunlight Turn into Electricity
Grade: 4 - 12
Short and concise explanation of solar photovoltaic systems and how they work.
2:05
 

Solar Thermal Energy: Harnessing the Power of the Sun
Grade: 4 - 12
The lesson shows the use of solar thermal energy for heating in Europe. It provides a good overview of this clean energy technology with feedback from its users and manufacturers.
7:30
 

Solar Thermal Power Station
Grade: 4 - 12
Learn about solar thermal power generation. The video looks at a solar thermal power station based on power tower concept in Spain.
3:40
 

Solar Energy
Grade: 4 - 12
A short film on solar energy.
5:25
 

What Is Light Made Of?
Grade: 5 - 12
Ever wonder what exactly is light? What is it made out of? What makes it so fast? Find out.
3:60
 

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