Inside a Solar Cell

This set of six interactive slides showcases how a typical photovoltaic cell converts solar energy into electricity. Explore the components of a photovoltaic cell, including the silicon layers, metal backing, antireflective coating, and metal conductor strips. Using animations, investigate why the silicon layers are doped with phosphorous and boron, and how an electric field is used to generate electricity from sunlight.

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Background essay can be printed and downloaded. The interactive can be both downloaded and saved as well.

There are no actual photos of a PV cell.

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