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Allen Hays Brandon Laning Jack Heston
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Agenda Introduction History of Photovoltaic Technology Industry Background Technology Components/Relationships Energy Transfer Application Storage Consumer/Commercial
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Photovoltaics (PV) “A field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity.”
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History 1839 1899: Discovery of Basic Phenomena and Properties of PV Photovoltaic Effect First Solar Cells 1900 1949: Theoretical Explanation Albert Einstein: Nobel Prize for Photovoltaic Technology First Silicon Solar Cells 1990 1999: Large Scale Production of Solar Cells 2000 Present: Renewable Energy World’s Fastest Growing Energy Technology
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Industry Background Increasing Costs of Natural Resources Ex: Gas Increased Consumer Awareness Growing Importance of Sustainable Energy Environmental Concerns Innovative Technological Advancement Research to Replace Scarce Resources
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Photovoltaics (PV) Technology Basic Operation of single solar cell
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Technology Sunlight: Photon Energy Light must be present
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Sunlight: Photon Energy 55% of Sunlight is Unusable Low Energy Light High Wavelength Passes Through Material High Energy Light Transformed into Heat Energy Released
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Sunlight: Photon Energy
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