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BIO 130 Solar Energy Lab Quiz

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1. If you did the solar water heater option, discuss which cup (i.e., black paper, white paper or control) was the hottest and which was the coolest.  Why? 

If you did the solar panel option, discuss what happened when your solar panel was shaded by aluminum foil.  Would your panel work at night?  Why or why not?

For both options: Were your results expected? If your results were unexpected, explain any issues that you encountered that may have impacted your results

2. Upload a picture of your solar energy experiment here! Make sure your name is IN the picture.

If you worked with (a) lab partner(s), please make sure all of the names in your group are in the picture. Each member of the group may upload the same picture

3. The cost of electricity produced by PV cells has increased since the 1980s

4. One advantage to the Palo Verde Nuclear Power station to the ASU West solar array is that the nuclear power station can generate electricity at night, but the solar array does not generate electricity when the Sun is down

5. Part I, Question 10. Based on the average annual consumption of 11,280 kWh per household, how many households can the ground mount facility at ASU West supply?

6. Part I, Question 11 part c. If the ground mount facility at ASU West is operating at its maximum capacity, how many facilities like this would it take to generate as much energy as the Palo Verde nuclear facility?

7. What kind of material is used to make a basic photovoltaic cell?

8. In what year was the first photovoltaic module built (hint: by Bell Laboratories)? 

9. Solar water heaters use black material as the background behind the water pipes to absorb heat. In the model solar water heater experiment, you expect a cup of water wrapped in black paper to be warmer after hours of Sun exposure, than a clear cup or a cup wrapped in white paper

10. The units of kWh (kiloWatt hours) are used when measuring 

11. The first photovoltaic cell was mostly a curiosity when it was first built because it was expensive to produce, so that it was not a competitive source of electricity

12. Part I, Question 11 part b. How many MWh does the ASU West ground mount solar array generate annually?

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