Definition: Solar cell

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Solar cell

Converts light into electrical energy. Traditional solar cells are made from silicon; second-generation solar cells (thin-film solar cells) are made from amorphous silicon or nonsilicon materials such as cadmium telluride; and third-generation solar cells are being made from variety of new materials, including solar inks, solar dyes, and conductive plastics.[1][2]

Wikipedia Definition

Reegle Definition

A solar cell transforms sunlight directly into electrical energy., A solar cell or photovoltaic cell is a wide area electronic device that converts solar energy into electricity by the photovoltaic effect. Photovoltaics is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells as solar energy., Silicon solar cells are the most common type of solar cells, silicon is one of the most frequently found elements but processing is energy-intensive and expensive.


Also Known As
PV cell
Related Terms
Solar energyPhotovoltaicsenergyelectricity generation
References
  1. http://www.nrel.gov/learning/re_photovoltaics.html
  2. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/solar_glossary.html#photovoltaic_panel