Definition of photovoltaic
: of, relating to, or utilizing the generation of a voltage when radiant energy falls on the boundary between dissimilar substances (such as two different semiconductors)
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China is now the leading purveyor of photovoltaic cells and wind turbines.
The lack of new projects is threatening the supply chain, and has the potential to leave wind-turbine factories empty and drag down the country’s nascent photovoltaic industry.
And of course, photovoltaic panels have electricity coursing through them.
Their device uses a photovoltaic panel to split the water into oxygen and hydrogen and then feeds the hydrogen to the microbes, which convert CO2 from the air into fuels such as alcohol.
Iridescent photovoltaic-paint roofs became drop zones.
Using less of the expensive photovoltaic material drives the cost of their production down.
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Did You Know?
The -voltaic part of photovoltaic comes from the name of Alessandro Volta, inventor of the electric battery. Thus, unlike photoelectric cells, which use electricity for certain small tasks, photovoltaic (or PV) cells actually produce electricity. Solar cells, the standard type of photovoltaic cells (often called simply photocells), operate without chemicals and with no moving parts to create energy directly from sunlight. Much research is now being done on creating an alternative technology—solar film, which could be stuck onto almost any surface, or possibly even sprayed on.
Origin and Etymology of photovoltaic
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: circa 1889See Words from the same year
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