Exploring Photovoltaic (PV) Electricity Generation

Exploring Photovoltaic (PV) Electricity Generation

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Along with hydro and wind, photovoltaics are one of the key sources of renewably generated electricity.

This workshop allows pupils to explore the generation characteristics of a typical photovoltaic panel in relation to orientation and load.

Workshop overview

Pupils produce a wiring diagram and working outside, set up a PV panel connected to a voltmeter, ammeter and solarimeter. Whilst measuring the incoming solar energy, pupils take voltage and current readings with the panel connected to a variable resistor and calculate the panel’s efficiency.

Key Info

  • Duration 1 1/2 hours
  • Suitable for A level
  • Focus on STEM subjects
  • The tour involves access to the CAT site and suitable footwear and outdoor clothing is essential
  • Covers the principle of PV electrical generation and the factors affecting panel efficiency
  • £120 per session (up to 20 pupils)

 

 

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