experimental photovoltaic cell, mounted

experimental photovoltaic cell, mounted

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Description (Brief)
Solar cells come in many shapes and sizes, and are manufactured with a variety of materials. The wafer of this experimental cell is made with the element silicon and the leads extending from either side are copper. This cell was made as part of a cooperative project between EPRI and Sunpower Corp., that investigated novel ways of mass producing solar cells. Mounting a reflective mirror on the top concentrates the sunlight on the cell and improves efficiency.
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Object Name
photovoltaic device
solar cell
overall: 5.1 cm x 10.2 cm x.7 cm; 2 in x 4 in x 1/4 in
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Credit Line
from EPRI, thru Kurt E. Yeager
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Energy & Power
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National Museum of American History
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