Photovoltaic Electricity

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Photovoltaic Electricity
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Photovoltaic Electricity means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

Photovoltaics is the direct conversion of light into electricity at the atomic level. Some materials exhibit a property known as the photoelectric effect that causes them to absorb photons of light and release electrons. When these free electrons are captured, an electric current results that can be used as electricity. (1)

Photovoltaic electricity is generated by a photovoltaic cell. (2)

(1) NASA, nasa.gov, http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2002/solarcells/; (2) EU; 2011, Let’s speak sustainable construction Multilingual Glossary, http://www.eesc.europa.eu/resources/docs/eesc-2011-01-en-fr-de-es.pdf