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Solar Photovoltaic Technology Basics

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“What is photovoltaic (PV) technology and how does it work? PV materials and devices convert sunlight into electrical energy. A single PV device is known as a cell. An individual PV cell is usually small, typically producing about 1 or 2 watts of power. These cells are made of different semiconductor materials and are often less than the thickness of four human hairs. In order to withstand the outdoors for many years, cells are sandwiched between protective materials in a combination of glass and/or plastics. . . “

Explore US DOE EERE’s “Solar Photovoltaic Technology Basics” Website to continue reading – includes links to: Solar Photovoltaic Cell Basics; Solar Photovoltaic System Design Basics; PV Cells 101: A Primer on the Solar Photovoltaic Cell; PV Cells 101 Part 2: Solar Photovoltaic Cell Research Directions; Solar Performance and Efficiency; and Getting the Most out of Solar Panels.


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