solar cell

noun

Definition of solar cell

: a photovoltaic cell used as a power source

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The infrared photons are ignored by everything except the silicon that is used as the solar cell material. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Transparent solar cell turns edge on and generates its own light," 12 Dec. 2018 The next two biggest drivers of cost reductions for solar cells since 1980 have been changes in the price of silicon and non-silicon materials. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "How the falling cost of solar panels can teach us to make new tech affordable," 26 Nov. 2018 This novel combination of properties makes for a rather unique solar cell. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Transparent solar cell turns edge on and generates its own light," 12 Dec. 2018 Aung says those solar cells are another piece of technology that would not have been efficient enough 10 or 15 years ago to make Mars flight possible. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fly a Helicopter on Mars," 15 May 2018 Constructed using lightweight carbon fiber, the NUS quadcopter drone weighs just 2.6 kilograms (about 5.7 pounds) and has 148 silicon solar cells. Brooke Crothers, Fox News, "Solar-powered quadcopter drone takes flight," 24 Aug. 2018 Although the Buffalo factory currently only produces tiles and modules and imports solar cells, the factory plans to eventually manufacture its own cells. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump puts 30% tariff on imported solar cells and modules," 22 Jan. 2018 The helicopter contains solar cells to charge its lithium-ion batteries and a heating mechanism to keep it warm during frigid nights. NBC News, "NASA to fly a helicopter on Mars, marking a first for interplanetary travel," 12 May 2018 But there were hopes for (and some extremely large investments in) multi-junction solar cells, thin-film solar panels, organic and carbon nanotube cells, concentrated solar plants, and a variety of other solar power-generation technologies. David Roberts, Vox, "Robots, floating power plants, and 2-sided panels, oh my: solar tech’s near future," 29 Aug. 2018

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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solar cell

noun

English Language Learners Definition of solar cell

: a device that uses light or heat from the sun to produce electricity

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