Definition of photovoltaics

The term “photovoltaics” refers to the direct conversion of solar energy into electrical energy by means of solar cells. The name is made up of the constituents “photos” – the Greek term for light – and “volta” – named after Alessandro Volta, the founding father of the electrical age.
Photovoltaics are a branch of solar technology, which e.g. also includes the utilization of solar thermal energy.










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