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The sun pumps out a lot of solar energy every day—a lot more than the planet’s population uses on a daily basis, and that’s no small amount.

But “is it possible that one day the world could be completely reliant on solar energy?”

TED-Ed answers that question by diving into the science behind solar cells in a new explainer video that focuses on the atomic happenings within a silicon solar cell. 

Do you know the different types of silicon in a silicon solar cell, and how they work together to harness the power of the sun? Or how solar efficiency factors into the equation for supplying worldwide energy? 

Watch and learn in the short video below. 

Credit: TED-Ed; YouTube


Want more? The full TED-Ed solar lesson, by solar energy expert Richard Komp, can be found here.