Topics: Temperature, Heat Transfer, and Specific Heat
Solar power plants use thousands of mirrors to reflect sunlight onto the top of a tower where the renewable and sustainable thermal energy from the sun is transferred to a liquid and then used to power a steam engine. Students explore the topic of thermochemistry as they determine the best substance for storing and transferring that thermal energy.
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305A100069 to WestEd. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.