Who invented solar panels?

Solar panels are used extensively or generating electricity and power throughout the world. Though the initial investment is quite high, the fuel is cheap and abundant produces hardly any pollution unlike the burning of the fossil fuels.  The solar cell technology is extremely old and work started on this way back in the 1800’s. The French physicist Antoine – Cesar Becquerel is credited with the solar panel research, in 1839. While he was experimenting with a solid electrode that was dipped in the electrolyte solution he was able to see a photovoltaic effect. He even saw a voltage develop when the sunlight fell on the electrode. The solar cell creation for the first time is credited to Charles Fritts, who used junctions that were created when the semiconductor was coated by a very thin layer of gold.

The earliest solar cells and panels that were created were extremely inefficient and the energy conversation received from the sun stood under 1%. Russell Ohl was the first inventor, who created the silicon solar cell in 1941. in 1954,  the three American researchers Gerald Pearson, Calvin Fuller and Daryl Chapin were able to create a solar panel that could the had the efficiency level of 6% with direct sunlight.

18 comments

  1. lol · February 12, 2011

    solar panels are ugp

  2. lol · February 12, 2011

    i meant to say ugo

  3. Nia · February 12, 2011

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  4. crazy · February 12, 2011

    solar energy makes me me pass science

  5. crazy · February 12, 2011

    solar energy makes me me pass science dudes

  6. the boss · February 12, 2011

    it needs more info

  7. the boss · February 12, 2011

    lots more

  8. imehana · February 12, 2011

    can you dumb this down?

  9. the boss · February 12, 2011

    ok

  10. the boss · February 12, 2011

    NOT

  11. Ashlee · February 12, 2011

    this is awsome

  12. sweetpie · February 12, 2011

    the last sentence don’t make no sense.

  13. cool gal · February 12, 2011

    yes it does in your mind it doesn’t

  14. Stefano W. Pasquini · February 12, 2011

    These comments are really funny.

  15. crazzzy · February 12, 2011

    wooow yall iz stupid

  16. cat · February 12, 2011

    who invented Solar power?

  17. LethalNoob · February 12, 2011

    Um. I have to say something. This information is incorrect.

  18. LethalNoob · February 12, 2011

    Only because my father sells solar panels and he knows what he’s talking about >.>