Solar Energy Cost
Science Fair Projects
Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level


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Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Analyzing Solar Cell Efficiency When Using a Sun Tracker [E]
Investigate solar homes economic efficiency - how much money it would cost, and how much money we would save over a period of 5, 10 and 20 years. [E] [E]
Compare solar-powered lighter-than-air technology to rechargeable electric battery and gasoline power systems for cost efficiency and calculate potential utility. [E]
Test if a simple solar panel steering system might improve panel energy production enough to reduce the overall system cost by requiring fewer panels. [E] [E]
Efficient concentrators for solar battery chargers that can keep the cost down by reducing the area of solar cells [E]
Build a homemade solar cell and compare its efficiency to a commercial cell [E] [E] [E] [E]
Using Water as a Coolant to Increase Solar Panel Efficiency [E]
V-Groove Solar Cell and Mirror Arrangement for Efficiency Enhancement [E]
Improving the Efficiency of a Photovoltaic Solar Panel using Flexible Thin-Film Solar Cells [E]
Will the use of lenses improve the efficiency of a solar panel? [E] [E] [P]

Compare solar-powered lighter-than-air technology to rechargeable electric battery and gasoline power systems for cost efficiency and calculate potential utility. [E]
Test various materials in a solar water panel, to see which materials would absorb the most heat to make it the most efficient. [E]
Find out the efficiency of collecting, storing, and reproducing solar energy to produce artificial light. [E]
Evaluate how much more efficiently water could be heated by adding electrical energy generated by solar radiation (photovoltaic cells) to a homemade solar water heater. [E]
Which is more efficient: fuel cells or solar cells? [E]
Solar or methanol fuel cells - which is more efficient? [E]

Efficient concentrators for solar battery chargers that can keep the cost down by reducing the area of solar cells [E]
Renewable Energy Cost & Efficiency Science Fair Projects & Experiments
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Test Photovoltaic Cells vs. Solar Thermal Energy (Stirling Engines) Efficiency [E] [E] [E]
Can a passive-active photovoltaic micro-tracking orientation system be designed to increase efficiency and decrease cost? [P]
A new low-cost nanowire solar cell was constructed using environmentally-friendly synthesis, and a new tool was designed for rapid characterization. [E]
Reducing The Photovoltaic Cost by Using Multijunction Concentrator Solar Cells [E]
Emulate phototropic qualities in plants to increase the efficiency of photovoltaic panels. [E]
Renewable Energy Cost & Efficiency Science Fair Projects & Experiments
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