solar cell


Definition of solar cell 

: a photovoltaic cell used as a power source

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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 This time, Bond faces the imperious Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), who plans to sell solar cell technology to the highest bidder. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "Every James Bond film ranked from worst to best," 18 June 2018 Meanwhile, a new class of opaque solar cell materials, called perovskites, are closing in on silicon with top efficiencies of 22%. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells," 28 June 2018 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

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of solar cell

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

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