Definition: PV module

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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

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