Activity: Solar Power

Solar Power

Before Viewing
The Sun outputs an enormous amount of energy. How do we currently get energy from the Sun?

How might we harvest the energy from the Sun more efficiently?

As you view...
How much energy does the sun output? What percentage of that output reaches Earth?

What reasons does Dr Charles Lineweaver give for suggesting solar panels in space rather than on 'every car port and every roof' on Earth?

After Viewing
Draw and describe the process whereby energy from the Sun is captured and made available to power your television.

What might be some of the advantages and disadvantages that would come from obtaining our energy needs from a solar farm in space?

What do you think of Dr Charles Lineweaver claim that microwaves are safe to humans?

Next Steps
Develop a poster of how your city may look if all its energy needs were met from a space based solar farm.