solar cell

noun

: a photovoltaic cell used as a power source

Examples of solar cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common solar cells use silicon to convert light to electricity. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Aug. 2023 The direction at which sunlight hits the moon changes every month, so the sunlight could later hit the solar cells and recharge the batteries, officials said. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Jan. 2024 When exposed to sunlight, the solar cell did exactly what it was expected to by turning sunlight into electrical energy. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2024 Sunlight contains many wavelengths that silicon solar cells cannot use efficiently. Tracy H. Schloemer, IEEE Spectrum, 19 Sep. 2023 Volumes of production and trade are small, but the metals are essential to the production and maintenance of semiconductors, phone chargers, missile technologies, electric vehicles, fiber optic systems, solar cells, and other important technologies. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 17 July 2023 This new tech is based on principles first explored by chemists in the 1960s and turned into workable solar cells in the 1980s. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2024 Jackery’s rooftop tent maximizes power generation by filling the entire roof with solar cells, and then extending them outward, while also neatly integrating the wiring required to feed the Jackery power station. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, 6 Jan. 2024 During the daytime, the solar cell generates electricity from sunlight. Sid Assawaworrarit, IEEE Spectrum, 25 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of solar cell was in 1955

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“Solar cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solar%20cell. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

solar cell

noun
: a photoelectric cell that converts sunlight into electrical energy and is used as a power source

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