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The results show that the use of the parabolic reflector helped to obtain the highest power output from the solar panel, followed by the mirror reflector.

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Complexity level:
5
Project cost ($):
50
Time required:
1 hour to prepare, 1 hour for experiment
Material availability:
Purchase solar cells from hobby engineering stores or from school science laboratory suppliers
Safety concerns:

Long hours of exposure to the sun may cause dizziness, dehydration or heat stroke. Make sure you drink an adequate amount of water and put on sunscreen. You should ensure that you protect yourself with an umbrella or wear a hat as you will be under the sun for a fair amount of time.