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Photovoltaics is the direct conversion of light into electricity at the atomic level. Some materials exhibit a property known as the photoelectric effect that causes them to absorb photons of light and release electrons. When these free electrons are captured, an electric current results that can be used as electricity.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-05-02 18:26:39
Description Photovoltaics is the direct conversion of light into electricity at the atomic level. Some materials exhibit a property known as the photoelectric effect that causes them to absorb photons of light and release electrons. When these free electrons are captured, an electric current results that can be used as electricity.
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Source Science@NASA
Keyword PV, Photovoltaics, Solar electricity, Photoelectric, Photons
Date Of Record Creation 2009-05-02 18:15:47
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Date Last Modified 2010-06-25 16:06:21
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-05-02 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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