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photovoltaics

[foh-toh-vohl-tey-iks] /ˌfoʊ toʊ voʊlˈteɪ ɪks/
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 of photovoltaics
1975-1980
1975-80; see photovoltaic, -ics
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