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Banknotes help save money on solar

Solar cells can now be made with the same polymer technology used in Australian banknotes. Existing technology using silicon solar cells is expensive and difficult. Find out about printable solar cells made from polymer or titanium dioxide, and discover the advantages of this new technology.

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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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Energy efficiency

A teacher uses a range of investigations to engage students in an exploration of electricity within the context of a strong sustainability framework. The students begin by examining a solar cell and using it to power a small light. They then analyse the energy efficiency of their classroom and develop a campaign to encourage ...

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How do solar panels work?

The Earth intercepts a lot of solar power: 173,000 terawatts. That’s 10,000 times more power than the planet’s population uses. So is it possible that one day the world could be completely reliant on solar energy? Richard Komp examines how solar panels convert solar energy to electrical energy. This TedEd animation (4:58 ...