solar cell


Definition of solar cell

: a photovoltaic cell used as a power source

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They can also be used as components in solar cells, in biomedical devices, and in composite materials, where their strength and weight becomes an asset for building durable, light materials. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Why This New 16-Bit Carbon Nanotube Processor Is Such a Big Deal," 28 Aug. 2019 Sharp’s solar cells more commonly are used for powering homes and satellites. Los Angeles Times, "Toyota is trying to figure out how to make a solar-powered car run forever," 13 Sep. 2019 An artificial Robobee, the size of a honeybee that is powered by solar cells, is about to levitate. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian, "How Biology Inspires Future Technology," 27 Aug. 2019 Where previous spacecraft used fuel cells that produced water as a by-product, which then could be recycled into the food system, Skylab used solar cells for power, so foods that needed to be rehydrated were restricted. Sarah-grace Mankarious, CNN, "Floating food: The history of eating in space," 19 July 2019 But this work was only meant as a proof of concept of exciton fission in a solar cell. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits," 11 July 2019 This type of solar cell is made out of mono-crystalline silicon. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World)," 6 July 2019 And 2) Much electricity is produced by solar cells and wind turbines. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Buildings can be made carbon free if they use electricity," 25 July 2019 Take the design of a leaf, nature's master at absorbing the sun's energy, and cover its surface with solar cells. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 futuristic tech ideas that might actually happen (and 5 that won’t) — predictions from Comic-Con 2019," 19 July 2019

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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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