Definition: PV module

From Open Energy Information

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PV module

A unit comprised of several PV cells, and the principal unit of a PV array; it is intended to generate direct current power under un-concentrated sunlight.[1][2]

Wikipedia Definition

The term Solar Panel is used colloquially for a photo-voltaic (PV) module. A PV module is an assembly of photo-voltaic cells mounted in a frame work for installation. Photo-voltaic cells use sunlight as a source of energy and generate direct current electricity. A collection of PV modules is called a PV Panel, and a system of Panels is an Array. Arrays of a photovoltaic system supply solar electricity to electrical equipment. The most common application of solar energy collection outside agriculture is solar water heating systems.

Reegle Definition

Regarding photovoltaic or solar panels with crystalline cells, the photoactive layer consists of serial and/or parallel interconnected solar cells which are embedded into two plastic films. A front glass protects the interior for mechanical damage. Regarding thin-film solar modules the photoactive layer is applied directly onto the glass which then is laser-cut into strips and interconnected serial.


Also Known As
Solar panel, PV panel
Related Terms
PhotovoltaicsPV cellPV arraySolar cellSolar energyPV arraysolar cellelectricity generationpowerinverter
References
  1. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/solar_glossary.html#photovoltaic_panel
  2. http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/glossary/gloss_p.html