Photovoltaic Panel (PV Panel)


Definition - What does Photovoltaic Panel (PV Panel) mean?

A photovoltaic panel (PV panel) refers to an electrochemical type of equipment that is used to facilitate the conversion of light into electricity. It does this by using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect.

PV panels may be prone to corrosion due to their constant exposure to atmospheric elements during outdoor use in the sunlight. Corrosion of the panels can damage critical electronics and connections, thereby lowering the amount of electricity produced.

Corrosionpedia explains Photovoltaic Panel (PV Panel)

Photovoltaic panels are the primary equipment used in solar energy panel boards and generators.

Photovoltaic systems function by capturing photons from a light source such as the sun. Solar panels have several cells made up of layers of different primary materials. In order to capture as many light rays as possible, an anti-reflective coating is placed on top of the panel. In addition, a silicone semiconductor is placed between a negative conductor and a positive conductor.

Photons are captured by the cell, which then release the outer electrons of atoms within the semiconductor. Negative and positive conductors create a pathway for an electric current. This electric current is then transmitted to operating equipment or batteries that capture the DC electricity.

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