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Solar Panel Output: Effect of Angle

Figure from experiment 7 from Investigating Solar Energy

Introduction

Have you ever seen solar panels being used on a house or a building to produce electricity? Do you remember how they were positioned? Were they lying horizontally? Standing vertically? Set at an angle? Why do you think they are installed in such a way?

In this experiment, you will use your previous experience with solar panels and data-collection equipment to develop a plan to explore the variable of angle and its affect on power output.

Objectives

  • Measure and power output of a Solar Panel with a Vernier Energy Sensor.
  • Explore how power output is affected by changes in the angle of the Solar Panel.
  • Investigate the relationship between angle and maximum power output.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Investigating Solar Energy

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Introduction to Solar Panels
2Exploring Solar Energy
3Introduction to the Vernier Energy Sensor
4Making Connections: Circuits
5Solar Panel Output: Effect of Load
6Solar Panel Output: Effect of Shade
7Solar Panel Output: Effect of Angle
8Pumping Water with Solar Energy
9Exploring Surface Temperature
10Project: Solar Homes
11Project: What's Cookin'?

Experiment 7 from Investigating Solar Energy Lab Book

<i>Investigating Solar Energy</i> book cover

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