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Bell Telephone Labs experimental PN photovoltaic cell

Bell Telephone Labs experimental P/N photovoltaic cell

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Description (Brief)
Bell Labs researchers Daryl Chapin, Calvin Fuller and Gerald Pearson invented a practical solar cell in 1954. The company adapted the invention to power telephone equipment in remote locations and licensed the technology to other companies. This early experimental cell still generates a small amount of electricity today.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
solar cell
photovoltaic cell
date made
1954
maker
Bell Laboratories
Measurements
overall: 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in x 1 7/8 in; 1.27 cm x 3.81 cm x 4.7625 cm
ID Number
2016.0061.01
accession number
2016.0061
catalog number
2016.0061.01
Credit Line
from Peter Iles
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National Museum of American History
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