Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


the science and technology of photovoltaic devices and substances
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˌfoʊ toʊ vɒlˈteɪ ɪks, -voʊl-)

1. (used with a sing. v.) a field of semiconductor technology involving the direct conversion of electromagnetic radiation, as sunlight, into electricity.
2. (used with a pl. v.) devices designed to perform such conversion.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
M2 PRESSWIRE-August 8, 2019-: Building Applied Photovoltaics (BAPV): Latest Market Estimates Showing Surprising Stability in key Business Segments
A photovoltaic system, also known as a Solar PV system, is an energy system that is designed to transform the energy from the sun into electricity by means of photovoltaics, also known as solar panels.
Green, "Experimental assessment of temperature coefficient theories for silicon solar cells," IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Sept 23 (ANI): Heraeus Photovoltaics, a provider of technology solutions for the renewable energy industry launched major local customer initiatives to support an efficiency boost of the Indian Photovoltaic industry.
The company claims that the Emirates Insolaire booth was one of the most visited at the fair, and the Kromatix technology is now established worldwide as reference for beauty, high efficiency, and durability for Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV).
Emirates Insolaire LLC, a pioneer in the development of new solar technologies and a joint venture of Dubai Investments PJSC and SwissINSO Holding Inc., has received strong enquiries for its sustainable, energy-efficient coloured solar panel technology, reinforcing the surging demand for Building-Integrated Photovoltaics [BIPV] across the globe.
Emirates Insolaire is expecting strong growth for its sustainable, energy-efficient coloured solar panel technology amidst surging demand for Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) across the globe.It fielded strong enquiries for its photovoltaic modules from project entrepreneurs and photovoltaic manufacturers during its recent participation at Intersolar Europe exhibition, the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry that was held in Munich, Germany.
The researchers tested the efficiency of the device at converting sunlight to electricity and found that it was comparable to similar thicker photovoltaics. They performed bending tests and found the cells could wrap around a radius as small as 1.4 millimetres.
Contributed by energy and other researchers from Europe, Thailand, and the US, the nine chapters in this volume outline developments in thin film inorganic photovoltaic solar energy, addressing the possibilities of thin film photovoltaics in meeting the challenges of the increased adoption of photovoltaic solar energy.
Herman, Photovoltaics, available at: (accessed on 2 March 2014)