An Explanation of Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics employ solar panels to create energy. Solar power remains a rapidly growing field in the renewable energy sector. It has the potential to completely power our world and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Photovoltaic Effect Originally discovered by Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel in 1839, the photovoltaic effect takes advantage of the tendency of certain materials to release electrons when exposed to sunlight. When a positive back plate and negative front conductors are placed on either side of a photoelectric material, free electrons travel from the back plate to the front conductors, hence generating electric current. This current is then captured

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