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SolarLab opens at German-American School

Ecotrope | Oct. 7, 2010 8 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:45 p.m.

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Fifth-graders at the German American School of Portland use a zoetrope to learn how solar cells process light.

Fifth-graders at the German American School of Portland use a zoetrope to learn how solar cells process light.

The German company SolarWorld, whose American headquarters are in Hillsboro, has set up a learning center inside the German-American School of Portland in Beaverton. SolarLab had its grand opening today:

“SolarLab showcases the simple wonder of combining sunlight with silicon to generate electricity using technology that is free of emissions, moving parts or maintenance,” said Bob Beisner, vice president of SolarWorld Industries America. “In visiting SolarLab’s inventive exhibits, we hope children enjoy a chance to cultivate their curiosity about an energy solution literally falling down all around us from the sun.”

The exhibit is the second phase of a project to showcase solar power at the school. In partnership with Portland General Electric, Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Energy Trust of Oregon, SolarWorld donated 46 solar panels for a 7.8-kilowatt system on the school roof and facade in 2009. SolarWorld has supported both phases in appreciation of the school’s role in bridging language and cultural differences as the Germany-based company established its 97-acre site and U.S. headquarters in Hillsboro.

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