Activity description and learning aims:
  • The pupils are supposed to build a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) with the help of material found in the kit from Mansolar. They should then measure the power output of the cells.
  • knowledge: energy conversion in a DSC; functional principles and properties of DSC; production of solar cells
    inquiry: observation; description; creating and proving a hypothesis; systematizing; planning, conducting and evaluating design task; using models; comparison
    communication: online research; literature research; lab notes; schemes; manuals; group discussion; tables; diagrams; formula
    appraisal: evaluation of experiment; controversy about hazardous material used in production of solar cells
  • e.g. solar cell kit from Mansolar (see unit description).
Suggestions for use:
  • The pupils should think of further dye suitable for use in DSC, test their ideas and present the results easy to understand.
  • An industry visit at a solar cell factory or expert interview is recommended.
Recommended questions:
    • How do dye-sensitized solar cells work?
    • Which chemicals are used to produce solar cells?
    • How are solar cells produced?
    • What is the electric power of a DSC?