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Solar Energy Quiz

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Solar Energy Quiz

This quiz is used to assess general knowledge of solar energy. (Note: We are using this quiz to assess general knowledge of solar energy. Your name will remain anonymous and will not be reported with any results. You may enter a fictitious name).

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Please select your gender:
    • A. 

      Male

    • B. 

      Female

  • 2. 
    Please select your age group:
    • A. 

      13 and under

    • B. 

      14-17

    • C. 

      18-21

    • D. 

      22-30

    • E. 

      31-40

    • F. 

      41-50

    • G. 

      51-60

    • H. 

      61-70

    • I. 

      70+

  • 3. 
    Where is the world's largest solar panel power plant found?
    • A. 

      Mojave Desert, United States

    • B. 

      Sonoran Desert, United States

    • C. 

      Sahara Desert, North Africa

    • D. 

      Kalahari Desert, South Africa

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      Hydrogen

    • B. 

      Nitrogen

    • C. 

      Silicon

    • D. 

      Carbon

  • 5. 
    What is the most common way that solar energy is converted into electricity?
    • A. 

      Concentrating solar power plants assembled around the world

    • B. 

      Photovoltaic (PV) cells that use semiconductor technology

    • C. 

      Chemical reactions performed in laboratories that harness energy from the sun

    • D. 

      Through the atmosphere as sunlight crosses the earth’s ozone layer

  • 6. 
    What is the purpose of an inverter in an active solar system?
    • A. 

      Convert alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC)

    • B. 

      Convert direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC)

    • C. 

      Change the flow of electrons from positive to negative

    • D. 

      Change the flow of electrons from negative to positive

  • 7. 
    • A. 

      The amount of sunlight that arrives at the earth's surface is not constant

    • B. 

      A large surface area is required to collect the sun’s energy at a useful rate

    • C. 

      Some toxic materials and chemicals are used in the manufacturing process of photovoltaic (PV) cells

    • D. 

      All of the above are disadvantages

  • 8. 
    How long does it take for sunlight to travel from the sun to the Earth?
    • A. 

      8 seconds

    • B. 

      8 minutes

    • C. 

      8 hours

    • D. 

      8 days

  • 9. 
    More energy from the sunlight falls on the Earth in _______________ than the total energy used by the entire population of the planet in one year.
    • A. 

      1 hour

    • B. 

      5 hours

    • C. 

      10 hours

    • D. 

      24 hours

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is a practical use for solar energy?
    • A. 

      Heating swimming pools

    • B. 

      Cooking hot dogs

    • C. 

      Powering road signs

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    What percentage of United States electricity generation comes from solar energy?
    • A. 

      <0.1%

    • B. 

      1-3%

    • C. 

      5-7%

    • D. 

      >10%

  • 12. 
    What percentage of the world's energy is predicted to come from renewable sources by 2040?
    • A. 

      20%

    • B. 

      30%

    • C. 

      40%

    • D. 

      50%

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