solar cell

noun

Definition of solar cell 

: a photovoltaic cell used as a power source

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Moreover, solar cells work better under intense, concentrated light. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells," 28 June 2018 The blue silicon of solar cells, the panels’ electricity-generating component, can withstand being mashed by many tons of weight. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels," 11 June 2018 For one, perovskite solar cells are flexible and easy to produce. Time, "Inside the New Technology That Could Transform the Solar Power Industry," 4 June 2018 DSSCs also work a bit differently from standard silicon solar cells. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Solar cells that work in low light could charge devices indoors," 23 Apr. 2018 A week earlier, Trump carried through with a threat to impose 30 percent tariffs on solar cell imports. Paul Feldman, kansascity, "Emission impossible? Few signs of coal revival despite Trump administration support | The Kansas City Star," 21 Mar. 2018 As a result of the country’s policies and subsidies, China’s share of global solar cell production has exploded from 7% in 2005 to 61% in 2012, according to the USTR fact sheet. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Solar Trade Case: Trump Says Yes To New Tariffs That Target China," 23 Jan. 2018 That’s still not quite enough to compete with traditional solar panels, but this new bacteria-powered solar cell does have other advantages as well. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Clouds Are No Problem for New Bacteria-Powered Solar Panels," 6 July 2018 Diffuse light solar cells aren’t new—but the best ones relied on expensive semiconductors. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Solar cells that work in low light could charge devices indoors," 23 Apr. 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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