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Solar Power - Activity - www.TeachEngineering.org. Summary In this activity, students learn how engineers use solar energy to heat buildings by investigating the thermal storage properties of some common materials: sand, salt, water and shredded paper.

Solar Power - Activity - www.TeachEngineering.org

Students then evaluate the usefulness of each material as a thermal storage material to be used as the thermal mass in a passive solar building. Engineering Connection Engineers design technologies that can turn sunlight into electricity to power households and businesses. For example, photovoltaic arrays and concentrating mirrors harness the Sun's energy and generate heat or electricity for general use.

Here Comes the Sun: America's Solar Boom, in Charts. This post first appeared at Mother Jones.

Here Comes the Sun: America's Solar Boom, in Charts

Eat Low Carbon. Monkey Puzzle #11 - The Exit Issue by Nate Jordon. Monkey Puzzle Press needs your help for the final print run of its literary arts journal: Monkey Puzzle #11 - The Exit Issue.

Monkey Puzzle #11 - The Exit Issue by Nate Jordon

Newly Invented Off-Grid Solar Grill Can Store Energy and Cook at Night Without Electricity. The Wilson Solar Grill can not only cook your food when the sun is out during the day, but it can store that heat energy and so you can cook your food at night.

Newly Invented Off-Grid Solar Grill Can Store Energy and Cook at Night Without Electricity

How you ask? The solar grill uses a fresnel lens to heat Lithium Nitrate. In Homes. (personal website of Nate Hagens) Elementary Curriculum Resources. Energy Infobooks are the resource for many NEED activities and include an introduction to energy, information on major sources of energy, new technologies, energy conservation, electricity, climate change, and other energy information.

Elementary Curriculum Resources

They are available on four reading levels and are revised and updated annually. Blueprint for Success (e-publication) This essential gusdide helps educators develop effective energy education programs. It provides an outline of a basic energy curriculum unit and matrix of all curriculum options. also included within the Blueprint for Success is a sample work plan and suggestions for energy outreach activities to conduct other classes, schools, families, and communities. the Youth Awards Program Guide and Application Form can also be found in the Blueprint for Success. ElectroWorks Teacher GuideElectroWorks Student Guide This guide includes background information and hands-on experiments to explore the basic concepts of atomic structure and electricity. Shared Automation – Up to 90% Reduction in Vehicles.

Removing up to 9 of every 10 cars from the road is the promise of sharing automated vehicles, according to University of Texas, Austin research from Dan Fagnant and Dr.

Shared Automation – Up to 90% Reduction in Vehicles

Kara Kockelman. In the above interview, Fagnant, now an assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Utah, discusses what he means by Shared Automated Vehicle (SAV). In their modeling, they found that private investors could achieve a return on investment of 43%, even with a $70,000 base price for the automated vehicle. Solar City and Tesla Combine Manufacturing Plans.

At an event hosted in New York this week by Solar City, CEO Lyndon Rive and chairman Elon Musk announced that within five to 10 years every set of solar panels that Solar City installs will come with a battery pack to help deal with the intermittency of solar power—one of the key factors limiting its use.

Solar City and Tesla Combine Manufacturing Plans

Musk says his company Tesla Motors will supply at least some of those batteries. Solar City, one of the largest solar panel installers in the United States, announced earlier this year that it intends to build the country’s largest solar panel factory in New York. The company currently installs and leases solar panels, and it already sells small battery packs for backup storage to some of its customers. Rive and Musk, who are cousins, also said at the New York event that within the same time frame electricity from solar power would become cheaper in the U.S. than power produced from natural gas. Other ambitious solar and battery projects have failed in recent years. Pay-as-you-go solar startup signs up 100K solar users in East Africa.

Pay-as-you-go solar products — that tap into cell phone infrastructure and micropayments — are slowly emerging across rural Africa, and India.

Pay-as-you-go solar startup signs up 100K solar users in East Africa

This week startup M-KOPA announced that the company has now signed up 100,000 customers for its cell phone enabled solar service, and also recently launched its third-generation solar product. I profiled the company earlier this year and they had reached the 65,000 customers mark as of April, growing at a rate of a thousand systems per week or 5,000 per month. They had been trying to kick start that growth and move to a rate of selling closer to a thousand solar systems per day.

A M-KOPA retailer hands out flyers about the solar product. New York Says It's Time To Flip The Switch On Its Power Grid. A worker repairs electrical lines in Plainview, N.Y., after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

New York Says It's Time To Flip The Switch On Its Power Grid

A proposed plan to overhaul the state's power grid could help the system better withstand severe weather and enable energy to be stored and managed more efficiently. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Bruce Bennett/Getty Images A worker repairs electrical lines in Plainview, N.Y., after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. A proposed plan to overhaul the state's power grid could help the system better withstand severe weather and enable energy to be stored and managed more efficiently. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images. How the National Grid responds to demand. Participants. What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. A Wind Turbine Inside A Floating Blimp Can Bring Power Anywhere. National Science Foundation (NSF) Events - Science: Becoming the Messenger. Event Science: Becoming the Messenger Limited to Institutions & Universities in Kansas--More workshops will be offered in other locations January 27, 2011 7:30 AM to January 27, 2011 6:00 PM The Oread, Lawrence View video The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be holding a workshop, "Science: Becoming the Messenger" on January 27, 2011, at The Oread near the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Events - Science: Becoming the Messenger

Untitled. Flipgrid Terms of Service University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development Learning Technology Media Lab (LTML) Last updated December 9, 2013. About Nara. Scientists from public universities, government laboratories and private industry from throughout the Northwest, and beyond, are joining together to focus on developing ways to turn one of the region's most plentiful commodities—wood and wood waste—into jet fuel. Led by Washington State University, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) will take a holistic approach to building a supply chain for aviation biofuel with the goal of increasing efficiency in everything from forestry operations to conversion processes.

Using a variety of feedstocks, including forest and mill residues, construction waste, as well as new energy crops, the project aims to create a sustainable industry to produce aviation biofuels and important co-products. The project includes a broad alliance of private industry and educational institutions from throughout the Northwest. A Human Ecological Approach to Energy Literacy through Hands-On Projects: An Essential Component of Effectively Addressing Climate Change. « Journal of Sustainability Education. February 5th, 2013By Anna E. Demeo, David P. Energy and Human Ecology. Matthew T. Energy and human ecology. Energy and human development All human activities require energy.

Humanity’s progress is therefore totally dependent on its availability. Energy and human ecology.