How solar panels work

How solar panels work
Publication Date: January, 2008
Type of Resource: Teacher background info

This online resource describes how photovoltaic cells work.

A Flash-based video describes how the photovoltaic effect works in the doped semiconductors used in solar panels to generate electricity.

This resource would be good for advanced students or for teacher background information.

Additional Information

This Flash-based resource will not work on the Apple iPad.

Australian Curriculum:
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