photovoltaic cell
  • noun a device that converts the energy from light into electricity.
  • A semiconductor device which generates an electric current when exposed to radiant energy, especially light. These are often made of silicon, selenium, or germanium. Such cells can be used in arrays to power anything from street lights to satellites. Its abbreviation is PV cell. Also spelled photo-voltaic cell. Also known as barrier-layer photocell. When optimized for the conversion of solar energy, also called solar cell.
  • abbreviation PV cell

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