Solar cells work by collecting sunlight and converting it to usable energy. This energy can be used onsite or transported short distances to the local power grid. A typical modern solar cell consists of a transparent pro... More » Science Physics Electricity

Manufacturers make solar cells from pure silicon that is treated with phosphorous to produce excess electrons and boron; this generates a deficiency of electrons, creating a semiconductor. The thin silicon disks produced... More » Science Environmental Science Conservation

Begin by getting two glass plates the size of microscope slide covers, and clean both with alcohol. Touch the surfaces with multimeter leads to determine which side is conductive, and then place one plate with the conduc... More » Home & Garden Outdoor
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