Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Historically, practical applications of solar cells were of single crystal silicon material (Rauschenbach, 1980). In the mid 1970s, the U.S. Government actively began to subsidize solar cell development and use (Maycock & Stirewalt, 1981). This funding provided a major contribution for expanded research, development, and markets. Consequently, manufacturing and final-product costs have been reduced with a corresponding increase in solar cell efficiency (Merrigan, 1982). The main objective of this study was to analyze literature from photovoltaic cell manufacturers regarding their current production methods, materials, and uses, and to report the findings.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Industrial Technology
Rex W. Pershing
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©1983 Marc L. Luksetich
Luksetich, Marc L., "The Photovoltaic Cell: History, Operation, Current Technology" (1983). Graduate Research Papers. 3684.