Optical to electrical energy conversion: Solar cells

Authored by: Tom Markvart , Fernando Araujo de Castro

Handbook of Optoelectronics

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781482241808
eBook ISBN: 9781315156996
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Photovoltaics (PV) is about to celebrate 70 years of its existence in the modern era. Photochemical reactions that can produce energy from sunlight have been known for over 160 years [1] and photosensitive semiconductor devices were discovered in the second half of the nineteenth century [2,3]. However, it was not until the 1950s that the first practical solar cell was developed at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey [4].

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