How can solar energy power the night?

Renewable energy sources are intermittent by nature, whether it’s the sun setting, lack of wind, or even changes in the tides. Fortunately, there are ways to store excess energy to tap into at these times.


A short 4 minute video explaining the topic for students.

How can solar energy power the night?

A short video showing how energy collected through electricity production can be stored in different ways for later use.

Use this video in your lesson or share directly with your students.

Digital Activities

Digital interactive activities can be used in your classroom in conjunction with the video, or independently.


This interactive Q&A is designed to quiz students on what they have learned after watching the video.

This is a digital version of the multiple choice PDF worksheet below.

The home battery challenge

Students control three variables (solar panels, batteries, and people) to power their home overnight from the sun.

Demonstrates electricity production and storage requirements for their family home.

Worksheets and Classroom Activities

Topic PDF worksheets can be used in your classroom either in conjunction with the video or independently.


This Q&A worksheet is designed to quiz students on what they have learned after watching the video.

This is a PDF version of the digital interactive found above.

Lemon battery

This worksheet has all the instructions on how to run an independent, practical classroom activity.

Students build a battery using a lemon and see it light an LED light.

Teacher Resources

Teacher notes & worksheet answers

By using the resources available for this topic, your students have the opportunity to learn:

  • Capturing solar power is only the beginning, we also have to transport it to where it’s used
  • The earliest battery was called a voltaic pile and used chemistry to generate electricity
  • Modern batteries come in various sizes, and can be used to store large amounts of energy from the sun
  • There are other methods of storing solar energy such as hydrogen, pumped hydro and gravity

This PDF includes:

  • Video summary
  • Literacy links
  • Research tasks
  • Curriculum links
  • Worksheet answers

Curriculum Mapping

Lower Secondary topics are designed for Australian grade 7 and 8 students and are aligned to Australian curriculums.

Australian Curriculum Science, year 8

NSW Curriculum Science, stages 3 and 4

Victorian Curriculum Science, levels 7 and 8

Additional Resources

Additional resources

Discover the wonders of electricity & renewable energy

Upper Primary

Grade 5 & 6

Students explore the basics of electricity. Students will learn how electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits.

Lower Secondary

Grade 7 & 8

Students explore how energy sources such as the sun and wind can be harnessed to produce electricity, and ways to store it.