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Solar Panel Output: Effect of Angle

Introduction

Have you ever seen solar panels on a house or a building? 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 power output of three solar panels with Go Direct Energy.
  • Explore how power output is affected by changes in the angle of the solar panels.
  • Investigate the relationship between angle and maximum power output.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

Graphical Analysis 4

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices

  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Cause and effect
  • Scale, proportion, and quantity
  • Systems and system models
  • Energy and matter

Solar Energy Explorations

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Renewable Energy
2Introduction to Solar Panels and Solar Energy
3Measuring Energy
4Making Connections: Circuits
5Solar Panel Output: Effect of Load
6Solar Panel Output: Effect of Shade
7Solar Panel Output: Effect of Angle
8Solar Panel Output: Effect of Temperature
9Project: Build a Solar Car

Experiment 7 from Solar Energy Explorations Lab Book

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

Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

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