Solar Panel Construction, Orientation and Use Unit

Constructing Solar Panels
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Learning Goal(s):

Modeling and data analysis

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Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours 40 min
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For this extended task, students will track the sun's altitude and Azimuth to determine the best position for their hand-built solar panel, learn solar cell operation basics, solar panel construction, series and parallel circuitry and basic array sizing.

Science Kit Material(s) Used:
Solar Car
Other Material(s) Used:
PV Cells • Calibrated Solar Cell • Tab Ribbon & Bus Ribbon • Aluminum Bar-Stock (May substitute Fir wood stock for cost reduction) • Aluminum Sheet (May substitute door-skin or fiberboard for cost reduction) • Polycarbonate