EM SC 470
Applied Sustainability in Contemporary Culture



In this lesson, we'll go over solar and anaerobic digestion in a little more detail. We will see some of this in our travels, and I want you to have a better understanding of some of the basics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • identify different types of solar technologies;
  • explain the basic process by which solar panels generate electricity;
  • explain the difference between irradiance and irradiation;
  • calculate energy use/generation given power and time;
  • evaluate the impact of tilt and orientation on solar PV output;
  • calculate the output of a solar array;
  • explain how anaerobic digestion converts organic material to biogas; and
  • identify some of the benefits of anaerobic digestion.

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