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Photovoltaic Cell

Definition - What does Photovoltaic Cell mean?

A photovoltaic cell is used in solar energy technology to convert energy from the sun into electricity. Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells and their output varies according to the amount of sunlight they receive. Photovoltaic cells are made from semi-conducting materials that are able to absorb sunlight; typically this includes crystalline silicone or amorphous silicon. A photovoltaic cell is also referred to as a solar cell.

Safeopedia explains Photovoltaic Cell

With the EPA and the Whitehouse pushing for a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, hopes are being pinned on solar technology as the new driving force behind domestic and commercial energy production. We can thus expect solar panels comprised of photovoltaic cells to become ubiquitous as a feature in the domestic and industrial landscape, as increasing numbers of businesses and private individuals turn towards solar energy as a renewable and non-polluting source of power.

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