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A Solar Panel Primer – Part 2

Text of the 7 minute podcast Welcome to the 7minutesolar podcast. Hi. I’m Jeff Butler with the second episode in our solar panel primer series. In our first we found out how solar cells turn light into electricity, why they’re black and blue and criss crossed all over, and now we’re going to find out what needs to be done to get that solar power out of the panel and into your house…and beyond. But we’ve only got 7 minutes, so let’s get started. First an episode 1 recap: When sunlight hits the silicon in a solar cell, some of the energy in the light knocks electrons off some of the atoms, like a cue ball at the begnning of a game of pool. The solar cell gets those electrons organized – sort of marching from one atom to another, and they march along the solar cell through printed wires called bus bars that connect 60 or 70 cells to make up a solar panel. Five or six panels are wired together to make a string of panels – remember that – then those strings are connected to make...

6 MIN2018 MAY 24
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A Solar Panel Primer – Part 2

A Solar Panel Primer – Part 1 (Podcast)

Text of the 7 minute podcast Welcome to the 7minutesolar podcast. Hi, I’m Jeff Butler. and this is part 1 of our Solar Panel Primers, in which we keep solar power simple and take it in 7 minute chunks. Today you’ll learn about how solar cells and panels turn sunlight into electricity, the two most popular kinds of panels that perform that electromagnetic trick, how they’re made and why that effects the look, efficiency and price of different panels. But we’ve only got 7minutes, so let’s get started. 75 words MAXIMUM A solar panel? It’s just a collection of solar cells, those are the things that actually turn light energy into electrical energy. But one solar cell doesn’t generate much power, you need a bunch of them to do anything useful and since it wouldn’t be practical to put them on a building individually we wire the cells together to collect all the electricity – put a back on it all to keep it rigid, add a front for protection from the weather and TADA! a solar panel...

6 MIN2018 MAY 24
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A Solar Panel Primer – Part 1 (Podcast)

Episode 7 – Blue Sky Solar Racing goes to Australia

The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challengewas the 14th running of a 3,000 km car race across the Australian outback with cars powered by nothing except the rays of the sun. Teams from Universities around the world participate. In this podcast we visit the University of Toronto Blue Sky Solar Racing Team and their solar car Polaris to find out from Electrical Lead Nick Cusimano and Solar Array Lead (and driver) Nasa Nguyen what it’s like to be pioneers in a transportation revolution. You have a couple of options for listening. This 14 minute podcast tells the whole story of both building the car at the team’s Toronto workshop and racing it Down Under. If time is at a premium for you today, the same story is told in two 7 minute podcasts. The first is about the building of the car and can be found »» here. The second is about the racing of Polaris and you can find that one »» here. However you listen to it, be sure to check out the slideshow and video below. And if you have an o...

13 MIN2018 FEB 18
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Episode 7 – Blue Sky Solar Racing goes to Australia

Episode 7b: Blue Sky Solar Racing races solar car Polaris across the Outback

The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challengewas the 14th running of a 3,000 km solar car race across the Australian outback with cars totally powered by the rays of the sun. Teams from Universities around the world participate. In this second episode of a two part podcast we visit the University of Toronto Blue Sky Solar Racing Team and their solar car Polaris. You can listen to the episodes separately (they are each 7 minutes long) or listen to the combined 14 minute episode. You’ll find the other 7 minute episode »» here and the combined 14 minute episode »» here. In this episode – Under The Outback Sun – driver (and Solar Array Lead) Nasa Nguyen and Electrical Lead Nick Cusimano talk to us about what is like driving across the continent of Australia in a solar car. They are pitted not only against the environment, but also teams from many of the world’s other top engineering faculties. In the first episode, Nick and Nasa told us about how the car was put together using purp...

7 MIN2018 FEB 9
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Episode 7b: Blue Sky Solar Racing races solar car Polaris across the Outback

Episode 5: The 7 in 7 News Podcast: 2017’s Solar and renewable milestones, records and breakthroughs

Last year was quite the year for solar power, solar panels, electric cars, wind, storage and renewables in general. 7 of the top highlights are covered here, with links to the background stories below. Keep on shining! LINKS TO STORIES 98 Gigawatts of global solar capacity installed in 2017 Tesla Australia battery halfway to completion Tesla battery called on to work a day before official switch-on Tesla battery sets record in backing up grid Electric car sales hit a million Costa Rica runs on renewable energy Google goes 100% renewable Silicon cell goes over 26% efficiency GWU technology could double solar cell efficiency Solar cell could generate electricity from light AND heat New record low bid for solar electricity

6 MIN2018 JAN 25
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Episode 5: The 7 in 7 News Podcast: 2017’s Solar and renewable milestones, records and breakthroughs

Episode 7a: Blue Sky Solar Racing prepares solar car Polaris

The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challengeis the world’s premier solar race. The 2017 edition was the 14th running of the 3,000 km competition in which solar cars race across the Australian outback powered by nothing except the rays of the sun. Teams from universities around the world build their own solar cars and pit them against each oother over the 7 day marathon. This is the first episode of a two part podcast in which we visit the University of Toronto Blue Sky Solar Racing Team and their solar car Polaris. Listen the way that fits your schedule You can listen to the episodes separately (they are each 7 minutes long) or listen to the combined 14 minute episode. You can find the other 7 minute episode »» here and the combined 14 minute episode »» here. This episode – Putting Polaris Together – details some of the unique technical aspects of the car and the second gives us a feel of what it was like to participate in the race itself. We find out from Electrical Lead Nick ...

6 MIN2018 JAN 18
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Episode 7a: Blue Sky Solar Racing prepares solar car Polaris

Episode 4: 7 in 7 News: They put a solar installation where? World’s oddest places for solar installations

This 7 minute podcast with highlights from the pages of 7minutesolar looks at some surprising places where solar power is taking hold. Landfill site, nuclear disaster zones, oil fields, coal mines…and more! Chernobyl to get solar farm as part of plan to rehabilitate disaster zone Former landfill site to be turned into solar facility with more than 7,800 panels One of the U.S.’s biggest oil fields just turned to an unexpected power source: Solar Kentucky coal mine could become a solar farm World’s largest floating solar farm sits over a former coal mine China building huge solar farms in the shape of panda

6 MIN2018 JAN 11
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Episode 4: 7 in 7 News: They put a solar installation where? World’s oddest places for solar installations

7minutesolar 101 – What is a Watt?

This is the second episode in our 7minutesolar 101 series of podcasts about the basics of solar energy and power. In this we take seven minutes to give an easily remembered (and we hope entertaining) tutorial on what is the actual definition of a watt, how a watt is a measure of power other than just electricity is, how energyis different from power why we get billed for electricity use in kilowatt HOURS, not kilowatts…and what all of this has to do with eating apples.

6 MIN2018 JAN 5
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7minutesolar 101 – What is a Watt?

Episode 3: 7 in 7 News: Solar Panels

In this 7 in 7 podcast we look at some of the latest news and technical breakthroughs in solar panels and solar cells: how a solar panel installation helped a flower grower in Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria, how butterfly wings are improving solar panel efficiency, what that has to do with self driving cars, why greenhouse owners are ‘thinking pink’ and more. Links to stories referenced in this podcast: * Solar panels rescues Puerto Rico nursery after hurricane * Butterfly wings inspire a better way to absorb light in solar panels * Boost for solar cells also makes self-driving cars safer * $9 adjustment can make solar panels 17% more efficient * Charge your phone using ambient light and printed solar cells * Some plants grow better under magenta coloured transparent solar panels * Solar power is the fastest growing source of global energy

6 MIN2017 NOV 25
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Episode 3: 7 in 7 News: Solar Panels

Episode 2: The 7 in 7 News: Batteries

This is the first episode in our 7 in 7 series: 7 items from the pages of 7minutesolar.com centred around a specific topic.

6 MIN2017 NOV 15
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Episode 2: The 7 in 7 News: Batteries
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Latest Episodes

A Solar Panel Primer – Part 2

Text of the 7 minute podcast Welcome to the 7minutesolar podcast. Hi. I’m Jeff Butler with the second episode in our solar panel primer series. In our first we found out how solar cells turn light into electricity, why they’re black and blue and criss crossed all over, and now we’re going to find out what needs to be done to get that solar power out of the panel and into your house…and beyond. But we’ve only got 7 minutes, so let’s get started. First an episode 1 recap: When sunlight hits the silicon in a solar cell, some of the energy in the light knocks electrons off some of the atoms, like a cue ball at the begnning of a game of pool. The solar cell gets those electrons organized – sort of marching from one atom to another, and they march along the solar cell through printed wires called bus bars that connect 60 or 70 cells to make up a solar panel. Five or six panels are wired together to make a string of panels – remember that – then those strings are connected to make...

6 MIN2018 MAY 24
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A Solar Panel Primer – Part 2

A Solar Panel Primer – Part 1 (Podcast)

Text of the 7 minute podcast Welcome to the 7minutesolar podcast. Hi, I’m Jeff Butler. and this is part 1 of our Solar Panel Primers, in which we keep solar power simple and take it in 7 minute chunks. Today you’ll learn about how solar cells and panels turn sunlight into electricity, the two most popular kinds of panels that perform that electromagnetic trick, how they’re made and why that effects the look, efficiency and price of different panels. But we’ve only got 7minutes, so let’s get started. 75 words MAXIMUM A solar panel? It’s just a collection of solar cells, those are the things that actually turn light energy into electrical energy. But one solar cell doesn’t generate much power, you need a bunch of them to do anything useful and since it wouldn’t be practical to put them on a building individually we wire the cells together to collect all the electricity – put a back on it all to keep it rigid, add a front for protection from the weather and TADA! a solar panel...

6 MIN2018 MAY 24
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A Solar Panel Primer – Part 1 (Podcast)

Episode 7 – Blue Sky Solar Racing goes to Australia

The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challengewas the 14th running of a 3,000 km car race across the Australian outback with cars powered by nothing except the rays of the sun. Teams from Universities around the world participate. In this podcast we visit the University of Toronto Blue Sky Solar Racing Team and their solar car Polaris to find out from Electrical Lead Nick Cusimano and Solar Array Lead (and driver) Nasa Nguyen what it’s like to be pioneers in a transportation revolution. You have a couple of options for listening. This 14 minute podcast tells the whole story of both building the car at the team’s Toronto workshop and racing it Down Under. If time is at a premium for you today, the same story is told in two 7 minute podcasts. The first is about the building of the car and can be found »» here. The second is about the racing of Polaris and you can find that one »» here. However you listen to it, be sure to check out the slideshow and video below. And if you have an o...

13 MIN2018 FEB 18
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Episode 7 – Blue Sky Solar Racing goes to Australia

Episode 7b: Blue Sky Solar Racing races solar car Polaris across the Outback

The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challengewas the 14th running of a 3,000 km solar car race across the Australian outback with cars totally powered by the rays of the sun. Teams from Universities around the world participate. In this second episode of a two part podcast we visit the University of Toronto Blue Sky Solar Racing Team and their solar car Polaris. You can listen to the episodes separately (they are each 7 minutes long) or listen to the combined 14 minute episode. You’ll find the other 7 minute episode »» here and the combined 14 minute episode »» here. In this episode – Under The Outback Sun – driver (and Solar Array Lead) Nasa Nguyen and Electrical Lead Nick Cusimano talk to us about what is like driving across the continent of Australia in a solar car. They are pitted not only against the environment, but also teams from many of the world’s other top engineering faculties. In the first episode, Nick and Nasa told us about how the car was put together using purp...

7 MIN2018 FEB 9
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Episode 7b: Blue Sky Solar Racing races solar car Polaris across the Outback

Episode 5: The 7 in 7 News Podcast: 2017’s Solar and renewable milestones, records and breakthroughs

Last year was quite the year for solar power, solar panels, electric cars, wind, storage and renewables in general. 7 of the top highlights are covered here, with links to the background stories below. Keep on shining! LINKS TO STORIES 98 Gigawatts of global solar capacity installed in 2017 Tesla Australia battery halfway to completion Tesla battery called on to work a day before official switch-on Tesla battery sets record in backing up grid Electric car sales hit a million Costa Rica runs on renewable energy Google goes 100% renewable Silicon cell goes over 26% efficiency GWU technology could double solar cell efficiency Solar cell could generate electricity from light AND heat New record low bid for solar electricity

6 MIN2018 JAN 25
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Episode 5: The 7 in 7 News Podcast: 2017’s Solar and renewable milestones, records and breakthroughs

Episode 7a: Blue Sky Solar Racing prepares solar car Polaris

The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challengeis the world’s premier solar race. The 2017 edition was the 14th running of the 3,000 km competition in which solar cars race across the Australian outback powered by nothing except the rays of the sun. Teams from universities around the world build their own solar cars and pit them against each oother over the 7 day marathon. This is the first episode of a two part podcast in which we visit the University of Toronto Blue Sky Solar Racing Team and their solar car Polaris. Listen the way that fits your schedule You can listen to the episodes separately (they are each 7 minutes long) or listen to the combined 14 minute episode. You can find the other 7 minute episode »» here and the combined 14 minute episode »» here. This episode – Putting Polaris Together – details some of the unique technical aspects of the car and the second gives us a feel of what it was like to participate in the race itself. We find out from Electrical Lead Nick ...

6 MIN2018 JAN 18
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Episode 7a: Blue Sky Solar Racing prepares solar car Polaris

Episode 4: 7 in 7 News: They put a solar installation where? World’s oddest places for solar installations

This 7 minute podcast with highlights from the pages of 7minutesolar looks at some surprising places where solar power is taking hold. Landfill site, nuclear disaster zones, oil fields, coal mines…and more! Chernobyl to get solar farm as part of plan to rehabilitate disaster zone Former landfill site to be turned into solar facility with more than 7,800 panels One of the U.S.’s biggest oil fields just turned to an unexpected power source: Solar Kentucky coal mine could become a solar farm World’s largest floating solar farm sits over a former coal mine China building huge solar farms in the shape of panda

6 MIN2018 JAN 11
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Episode 4: 7 in 7 News: They put a solar installation where? World’s oddest places for solar installations

7minutesolar 101 – What is a Watt?

This is the second episode in our 7minutesolar 101 series of podcasts about the basics of solar energy and power. In this we take seven minutes to give an easily remembered (and we hope entertaining) tutorial on what is the actual definition of a watt, how a watt is a measure of power other than just electricity is, how energyis different from power why we get billed for electricity use in kilowatt HOURS, not kilowatts…and what all of this has to do with eating apples.

6 MIN2018 JAN 5
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7minutesolar 101 – What is a Watt?

Episode 3: 7 in 7 News: Solar Panels

In this 7 in 7 podcast we look at some of the latest news and technical breakthroughs in solar panels and solar cells: how a solar panel installation helped a flower grower in Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria, how butterfly wings are improving solar panel efficiency, what that has to do with self driving cars, why greenhouse owners are ‘thinking pink’ and more. Links to stories referenced in this podcast: * Solar panels rescues Puerto Rico nursery after hurricane * Butterfly wings inspire a better way to absorb light in solar panels * Boost for solar cells also makes self-driving cars safer * $9 adjustment can make solar panels 17% more efficient * Charge your phone using ambient light and printed solar cells * Some plants grow better under magenta coloured transparent solar panels * Solar power is the fastest growing source of global energy

6 MIN2017 NOV 25
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Episode 3: 7 in 7 News: Solar Panels

Episode 2: The 7 in 7 News: Batteries

This is the first episode in our 7 in 7 series: 7 items from the pages of 7minutesolar.com centred around a specific topic.

6 MIN2017 NOV 15
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Episode 2: The 7 in 7 News: Batteries
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