In this video from NOVA's Energy Lab, learn about the benefits and limitations of converting the Sun's light and heat into electricity. Animations show how two solar power technologies—photovoltaic cells and concentrated solar power systems—convert the Sun's energy into electrical energy. Solar power technologies are environmentally friendly, but there are technological challenges that limit their widespread use. For example, solar power technologies are not very efficient, they are relatively expensive, and we do not yet have a good way to store solar energy.
This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.
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