wraparound-contact photovoltaic cells

Description (Brief):

Solar cells come in many shapes and sizes, and are manufactured with a variety of materials. The wafer of this octagonal 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. This “wraparound-contact” cell has two thin parallel circuit-leads running from top to bottom and about 100 smaller leads running crosswise. Each of the four corners has seven lines running crosswise, making a connection to the back of the wafer.

Location: Currently not on view

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from Peter Iles

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2016.0061.11Accession Number: 2016.0061Catalog Number: 2016.0061.11

Object Name: solar cellphotovoltaic cell

Measurements: .01, .02, .03: 2 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in x in; 6.0325 cm x 6.0325 cm x .0254 cm.04: 1 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in x in; 4.445 cm x 4.445 cm x .0254 cm.05, .06: 13/16 in x 1 9/16 in x in; 2.06375 cm x 3.96875 cm x .0254 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-7de0-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1805551

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