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[foh-toh-vohl-tey-iks] /ˌfoʊ toʊ voʊlˈteɪ ɪks/
(used with a singular verb) a field of semiconductor technology involving the direct conversion of electromagnetic radiation as sunlight, into electricity.
(used with a plural verb) devices designed to perform such conversion.
Origin of photovoltaics
1975-80; see photovoltaic, -ics Unabridged
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  • Other researchers back a newer technology known as thin-film photovoltaics.
  • Smart grids, feed-in laws and net metering propel rooftop photovoltaics.
  • That's why you don't use photovoltaics in the first place.
  • Solar photovoltaics turn sunlight directly into electric current.
  • photovoltaics convert sunlight directly into electricity.
  • Anyone can make one of these and they generate more useable, cheaper, and much easier to produce energy than photovoltaics.
  • Until the technology has leveled off, you won't find it to be cheap, and there is a ways to go with photovoltaics.
  • There's no real technological basis for comparing advancements in micro-electronics to those in photovoltaics.
  • Another idea would be to place photovoltaics on the roof and hoods of your car.
  • One of the main problems is that all photovoltaics suffer a loss of efficiency at elevated temperatures.

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