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solar-cell system click to hear : solar-cell system

Unit that is usually made up of 36 solar cells, each of which produces a voltage of 0.5 V; it is used to power low-voltage devices.
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fuse frame battery solar-cell panel solar radiation positive contact terminal box negative contact diode energy-saving bulb solar cell glass

fuse click to hear : fuse

Electric connection device devised for interrupting the current in the event of electric overload by melting one of its components.

frame click to hear : frame

Sealed box that is encased in glass and contains the solar-cell panel.

battery click to hear : battery

Unit that stores the electricity produced by the collector and retrieves it to power a device, here an incandescent lamp.

solar-cell panel click to hear : solar-cell panel

Interconnected solar cells that are mounted onto a protective support; it usually produces between 15 and 20 volts.

solar radiation click to hear : solar radiation

All the electromagnetic waves emitted by the Sun.

positive contact click to hear : positive contact

Metal element that ensures that the electric current flows through the circuit to which it is attached.

terminal box click to hear : terminal box

Box in which the electric cables powering the battery are connected to the collector’s positive and negative contacts.

negative contact click to hear : negative contact

Metal element that ensures that the electric current flows through the circuit to which it is attached.

diode click to hear : diode

Electronic component that ensures the current flows in one direction only; this prevents the system’s battery from discharging overnight.

energy-saving bulb click to hear : energy-saving bulb

Bulb whose electricity consumption is lower and its life longer than an incandescent bulb.

solar cell click to hear : solar cell

Device used to convert solar energy directly into electric energy (photovoltaic effect).

glass click to hear : glass

Glass covering that allows solar radiation to pass through.