Alternative Energy: Photovoltaic Modules and Systems

Authored by: Ewa Klugmann-Radziemska

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120046054

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Abstract

Use of solar energy does not contribute to global warming. The light-to-current conversion (photovoltaic conversion) takes place within solar cells, which in most cases are made of silicon. Solar module consists of many solar cells, which are electrically connected and placed between glass or Tedlar® and framed by an aluminium frame. A number of solar modules and other components form photovoltaic systems. In this entry, a brief overview of the construction of solar modules and systems is presented.

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