solar cell


Definition of solar cell

: a photovoltaic cell used as a power source

Examples of solar cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first solar cell capable of powering everyday electrical equipment was made in the 1950s at Bell Labs in New Jersey. Adrian Lydon, CNN, "Forget silicon. This material could be a game-changer for solar power," 14 Oct. 2020 The result is a flat design like a solar cell that can absorb more, and less direct, sunlight. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Built the Best Solar Laser Ever," 23 Sep. 2020 This is exactly the same process your average solar cell follows, but the gold layer is the true standout. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Whoa: This Generator Turns Shadows Into Electricity," 5 June 2020 Research teams in Australia and China are inching closer toward a solar cell design that could revolutionize the industry, but plenty of hurdles remain. Nathanial Gronewold, Scientific American, "This Material Could Squeeze More Energy from Solar Panels," 13 Jan. 2020 The roof contains a series of solar cells, which generate electricity and allow for low-impact energy sourcing. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "This Home of the Future Floats Over Water," 21 Apr. 2020 The perovskite solar cell is a photovoltaic wunderkind. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Fast Nanoscale ‘Movies’ Shed Light on a Solar Cell Mystery," 15 Apr. 2020 The secret is using thermal radiation cells instead of photovoltaic solar cells. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "How Reverse Solar Panels Could Generate Power at Night," 3 Feb. 2020 Solid energy Companies large and small plan to start selling solar cells that use perovskites, promising materials that could be cheaper and easier to produce than the silicon crystals used in conventional solar panels. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "Watch Out for These Science Events in 2020," 30 Dec. 2019

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Solar cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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