Solar History Quiz
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Test your knowledge of solar energy with this solar history quiz. If you get one wrong, I’ll show you the correct answer.
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Question 1 of 10
When was the first solar collector created?Correct
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Nope. Actually the first solar collector was created in 1767 by Horace-Benedict de Saussure of Switzerland.
Question 2 of 10
Who first observed what is now known as the photoelectric effect?Correct
Great job! You know your solar.Incorrect
Sorry. It was Edmond Becquerel of France in 1839.
Question 3 of 10
What substance was used in the first attempts at making solar cells?Correct
Nah. That would be selenium. But it didn’t work out so well.
Question 4 of 10
What was the price per watt of the first commercial solar cells?Correct
No, it was a staggering $300 per watt.
Question 5 of 10
When did Albert Einstein first publish his paper describing the photoelectric effect?Correct
Nope. That would be 1905.
Question 6 of 10
When was silicon introduced into solar cell manufacturing?Correct
Doh! The correct answer is 1954. Bell laboratories Daryl Chapin, Calvin Souther Fuller and Gerald Pearson got 6% efficiency with silicon, as opposed to the .5% with selenium.
Question 7 of 10
Who patented the first solar cell?Correct
Yep. You’re crushing it!Incorrect
Oops. The correct answer is Russell Ohl. An early pioneer in semiconductor research.
Question 8 of 10
The United States launched the first solar powered satellite. It’s still active today. When did they launch it?Correct
Wrong! The Vanguard I was launched on March 17, 1958.
Question 9 of 10
Which American president installed solar panels on the Whitehouse?Correct
You got it!Incorrect
Nope. That would be Jimmy Carter.
Question 10 of 10
What was the first solar company ever?Correct
I’m truly impress. Nice one!Incorrect
Bit of a tough one there, yeah? It’s Solar Motor Co. out of Boston. Way ahead of their time.