Solar panel testing

Solar panel testing

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Caption: Solar panel testing. At left is an array of photovoltaic cells, assembled to form a module for a solar panel. At right, a flash of light is being used to check the operating characteristics of the module, including its open-circuit voltage, its short-circuit level, its conversion efficiency, and the maximum power delivered. The light flash simulates the solar spectrum. Photovoltaic cells are the basic components of solar panels. They contain silicon, a semiconductor material that can absorb energy from sunlight and convert it into an electrical current.

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