photovoltaics

[foh-toh-vohl-tey-iks]
noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) a field of semiconductor technology involving the direct conversion of electromagnetic radiation as sunlight, into electricity.
2.
(used with a plural verb) devices designed to perform such conversion.

Origin:
1975–80; see photovoltaic, -ics

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