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Solar Heating and Cooling Systems by Calin Sebarchievici, Ioan Sarbu

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3.3. Solar PV Collectors

One of the methods used to generate significant electric power is the PV generation using solar cells. These devices produce electricity directly from electromagnetic radiation, especially light, without any moving parts. The physical process in which a PV cell converts sunlight into electricity is known as the PV effect. The PV effect was discovered by Becquerel in 1839 but not developed as a power source until 1954 by Chapin, Fuller, and Pearson using doped semiconductor silicon [34].
In recent years, PV technology has been developed quickly and made this technology viable even for small-scale power generation in distribution systems. Solar PV capacity for grid-connected system around the world was 10 GW in 2007, 16

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