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      Background Information

    • Timeline of solar cells - Wikipedia [View Resource]
    • History: Photovoltaics Timeline [View Resource]
    • The History of Solar [View Resource]
    • History of Batteries and Solar Cells [View Resource]
    • Pre-1900 Semiconductor Research and Semiconductor Device Applications [View Resource]
    • A History of Photovoltaics [View Resource]
    • The Solar Battery (Photovoltaics) [View Resource]
    • The History of Solar Energy [View Resource]
    • A Short History of Photovoltaic (PV) Cells [View Resource]
    • High school physics FAQ [View Resource]

      Historic Experiments, Studies and Articles

    • Organic solar cells: An overview focusing on active layer morphology [View Experiment]
    • History of Solar flight [View Experiment]

      Historic Patents

    • 1888: "Apparatus for utilizing solar radiant energy" by Edward Weston (US Patent 389124, 1888) [View Patent]
    • 1894: "Apparatus for mounting and operating thermopiles" by Melvin Severy (US Patent 527377, 1894) [View Patent]
    • 1894: "Apparatus for generating electricity by solar heat by Melvin Severy" (US Patent 527379, 1894) [View Patent]
    • 1897: "Application of solar heat to thermo-batteries" by Harry Reagan (US Patent 588177, 1897) [View Patent]
    • 1901: "Apparatus for the Utilization of Radiant Energy" by Nikola Tesla (US Patent 685957, 1901) [View Patent]
    • 1913: "Thermal Generator" William Coblentz (US Patent 1077219, 1913) [View Patent]
    • 1946: "Light sensitive electric device" (the first modern solar cell) - by Russell Ohl (US Patent 2402662, 1946) [View Patent]
    • 1957: "Solar Energy Converting Apparatus" by Daryl M. Chapin et al.; AT&T assignors (US Patent 2780765, 1957) [View Patent]
    • 1966: "Radiation energy transducing device" (bifacial solar cells) by Hiroshi Mori (US Patent 3278811, 1966) [View Patent]
    • 1990: "Photo-electrochemical cell" (Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSC) - Grätzel Cells) by Michael Gratzel et al. (US Patent 4927721, 1990) [View Patent]

      See Also

    • Photovoltaics [View Experiment]
    • Solar Cells [View Experiment]

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