A didactic experiment and model of a flat-plate solar collector

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We report on an experiment performed with a home-made flat-plate solar collector, carried out together with high-school students. To explain the experimental results, we propose a model that describes the heating process of the solar collector. The model accounts quantitatively for the experimental data. We suggest that solar-energy topics should be included in school programmes to give students the opportunity to gain experience with solar energy and increase their awareness of the benefits that can be obtained from this remarkable and renewable energy source.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-317
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Education
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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