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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.

Option 1

Option 2

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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