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Solar photovoltaic technologies convert solar energy into useful forms of energy by directly absorbing solar photons (particles of light that act as individual units of energy) and converting some of the energy into electricity (as in a photovoltaic cell) or storing some of it.

What is Photovoltaic (PV) Technology?

Photovoltaic (PV) technology is the direct conversion of light into electrical power using semiconductor materials such as silicon. Photovoltaic (PV) technology uses semiconductors to generate power based on the photoelectric effect.

If photons of light (natural or artificial) with sufficient energy enter a photovoltaic cell, its electrons can react to a higher energy state. The more light is absorbed, the more electricity is generated by photovoltaics.

Thus, using photovoltaics, we can easily convert solar energy into electricity and use it as an alternative to traditional means of energy production.

Detecting faults in photovoltaic cells with MapperX

With MapperX Artificial Intelligence, you can perform PV panel inspections and detect faults in solar energy panels produced with photovoltaic (PV) technology. Click for What is Solar Energy Panel article.