The field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting solar energy (sunlight, including ultra violet radiation) directly into electricity (solar electricity)
PV industry chain is comprised of five aspects: raw silicon, silicon wafer, solar cell, solar cell modules, and application systems. Upstream supply chain includes raw silicon and silicon wafer; solar cell and solar cell modules are in the middle; application systems are the downstream.
Also known as solar cell module, is a unit wherein a number of electrically interconnected solar cells are encapsulated to produce rated voltage and current output under sunlight, being the smallest standalone power generation unit in a PV power system.
A power generation system that converts solar radiation to electrical energy through the photovoltaic effect of solar cells, which, depending on its operating mode, is either grid-off or grid-connected.
A PV power station that supplies power independently without connection to any public power grid. Uses of it can be found mostly in power supply for remote areas out of the reach of public power grid and certain special places.
A physical project that uses photovoltaic modules to convert solar energy into electrical energy and is connected with public power grid, consisting of electrical equipment and buildings (structures) such as photovoltaic modules, inverters, lines and monitoring systems.