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Solar-powered car by Ian Landon Smith, 1986-87

This is a solar-powered car designed and built in 1986-87 by an Australian team led by Ian Landon Smith. Constructed on a square tube frame, it has a very low body - it is just over 1 m high - a round nose and removable fibreglass cockpit cover and tinted windscreen. Body panels are made of fibreglass, mylar and kevlar, ...

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Solar power

Have you ever imagined how much energy the Sun outputs every day? Listen as Dr Charles Lineweaver, from the Planetary Science Institute at ANU, describes why a solar farm based in space can capture and use more of the Sun's enormous energy potential.

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Energy and the solar challenge

The way we live depends on energy but we can't see or touch it. Discover how early scientists unravelled the mystery of energy that allows us to harness its power to improve our lives. Track the development of energy converters from massive steam-driven engines through to the high technology of solar energy used in the ...

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Homeowners going solar

With rising electricity bills, more homeowners have been installing solar panels. In this clip see why, in 2013, the Western Australian Government was considering changes to a situation where any surplus energy produced through the system was returned to the home owner as credit.

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Circuits - upper primary

This collection of 11 digital curriculum resources is organised in three categories - types of circuits; circuit applications; and conductors and insulators. Interactive learning objects enable students to build and manipulate simple series and parallel electric circuits. Students investigate how current flows, effects ...

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Energy and forces - early years

This collection of 20 interactive learning objects introduces students to the concepts of forces and energy. It is organised into four categories - energy conversions; forms of energy; energy management; and forces. The learning objects enable students to build energy and food chains, design energy-efficient houses, and ...

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Energy - senior years

This collection of 16 digital curriculum resources is organised into three categories - forms of energy; energy conversions; and energy management. Learning objects enable students to build energy-efficient cars; consider environmental and economic implications of a range of energy sources including solar and wind; operate ...

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The Great Samrat yantra, Jaipur, India

This is a colour photograph, taken facing north-east, of the Great Samrat yantra ('supreme instrument'), one of the masonry instruments comprising the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory in Jaipur, India. The instrument functions as a sundial - the sloping wall on the right is aligned precisely north-south so that it ...

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Small Samrat yantra, Jaipur, India

This is a colour photograph, taken facing west, of the small Samrat yantra ('supreme instrument'), one of the masonry instruments comprising the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory in Jaipur, India. The instrument functions as a sundial - the wall, with its two slopes, is aligned precisely north-south so that it casts ...

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Jaya Prakasa yantra, Jaipur, India

These are two colour photographs showing the two sunken hemispheres comprising the Jaya Prakasa yantra, a masonry instrument that is part of the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory in Jaipur, India. The bottom photograph, taken facing roughly northwards, shows both of the bowls, with several other instruments visible ...

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Nadivalaya yantra, Jaipur, India

This is a colour photograph, taken facing east, of the Nadivalaya yantra, one of the masonry instruments comprising the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory in Jaipur, India. The instrument functions as a sundial with two faces, one directed north, the other south. In this image, only the southern face is visible. The ...

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Rama yantra, Jaipur, India

This is a colour photograph of the two structures comprising the Rama yantra, one of the masonry instruments of the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory in Jaipur, India. Each structure consists of a cylindrical arrangement of columns joined at the top by a horizontal ring. A flight of stairs attached to each building ...

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Renewable energy

This collection of 22 digital curriculum resources is arranged into five sections: renewable and non-renewable energy resources; solar energy; wind energy; biofuels; and tidal energy. It contains learning objects, images, videos and a PowerPoint presentation. Resources investigating the advantages and disadvantages of a ...

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Low-emission technology

This collection of 20 digital curriculum resources is divided into four sections: renewable energy technologies; nuclear technology; low-emission fossil fuel technologies; and comparing technologies. It contains videos, learning objects, information sheets, and a PowerPoint presentation exploring methods of reducing carbon ...

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Energy transfers and transformations - practical activity

This practical activity is a round-robin experiment in which students rotate between different work stations where they investigate devices and processes in which energy transfers and energy transformations take place. The resource is one of 13 practical activities based around the broad themes of global warming, energy, ...

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Energy resources: What power can you get from a solar panel? - practical activity

In this practical activity, students measure and compare the power delivered by model solar cells connected in series and in parallel. It is the fourth of four experiments on energy resources; in the first, students measure the electrical power delivered by a battery, in the second, students measure and compare the power ...

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Sustainable energy

This collection is built around a core group of 13 digital curriculum resources on the themes of energy, renewable energy and ocean acidification, and includes 9 supporting digital resources cited in the core group. The core resources are inquiry-based practical activities for students, which explore energy transfers and ...

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Solahart water heater - asset 1

These are four photographs of solar hot water heaters. The top photograph shows seven solar water heaters on top of the roof of what is probably a factory, with buildings of the city of Perth in the background. The name 'Solahart' can be seen on six of the heaters. At bottom left is a composite of two pictures, the top ...

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Solahart water heater - asset 2

This is a colour illustration showing how a Solahart water heater works. It features a smiling-faced sun overlooking a heater that consists of large, flat black plates traversed by pipes, and a storage cylinder with a tap at one end that is releasing water. The movement of water is indicated by arrows, and all the parts ...

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Solar-powered car, 1993

This is a solar-powered car made in 1993 by students from Morphett Vale High School, Adelaide, South Australia. Measuring 4.3 m x 2.0 m x 1.3 m, the car has a mainly white body, and bicycle-type wheels; the front pair is extended on lightweight suspension arms. The solar panels are mounted on a wing above the single-seat ...