What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons


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What role does a 'photon' play in the procurement of solar energy?

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1. Which of the following descriptions of people BEST mirrors how nuclei undergo 'nuclear fusion'?

2. Solar energy can be defined as

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Solar energy is a clean and renewable resource that has the potential to play a major role in supplying the world's energy needs. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand how solar energy works, the characteristics of this resource and the challenges of harnessing solar power and converting it into usable energy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of solar energy
  • The basic unit of solar energy
  • Technology used to collect solar energy
  • The atomic reaction that generates solar energy
  • Challenges involved in utilizing solar energy

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow you to practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the characteristics of solar energy
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of solar energy to explain how this type of energy is generated
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define key terms such as photon, nuclear fusion and solar cell
  • Making connections - examine the technological, environmental and economic factors that have limited the use of solar energy

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson, Characteristics of Solar Energy? - Definition, Lesson & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how solar energy is generated
  • Know the type of technology used to capture solar energy
  • List the drawbacks of solar energy
  • Describe the benefits of renewable resources