p-type hexagonal solar cell for terrestrial use

Description (Brief):

Solar cells come in many shapes and sizes, and are manufactured with a variety of materials. The wafer of this hexagonal cell is made with the element silicon. The dark areas convert sunlight into electricity while the thick and thin lines are part of the electrical circuit. The white, tapered arrow along the center is the main lead and gathers the charge from twelve thin “fingers” that run horizontally across the wafer. This solar cell was designed for use on the ground rather than in space. The hexagonal shape allows many cells to be grouped together on a panel, minimizing wasted space between each cell.

Date Made: ca 1972

Location: Currently not on view

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from Eugene L. Ralph

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2016.0070.09Accession Number: 2016.0070Catalog Number: 2016.0070.09

Object Name: photovoltaic cellsolar cell

Measurements: each: in x 2 in x 1 3/4 in; .0254 cm x 5.08 cm x 4.445 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-e1b6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1804259

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