What do we mean by photovoltaics? First used in about 1890, the word has two parts: photo, derived from the Greek word for light, and volt, relating to electricity pioneer Alessandro Volta. So, photovoltaics could literally be translated as light-electricity. And that's what photovoltaic (PV) materials and devices do - they convert light energy into electrical energy (Photoelectric Effect), as French physicist Edmond Becquerel discovered as early as 1839.

Commonly known as solar cells, individual PV cells are electricity-producing devices made of semiconductor materials. PV cells come in many sizes and shapes - from smaller than a postage stamp to several inches across. They are often connected together to form PV modules that may be up to several feet long and a few feet wide. Modules, in turn, can be combined and connected to form PV arrays.

Did you know that PV systems are already an important part of our lives? Simple PV systems provide power for many small consumer items, such as calculators and wristwatches. More complicated systems provide power for communications satellites, water pumps, and the lights, appliances, and machines in some people's homes and workplaces. Many road and traffic signs along highways are now powered by PV. In many cases, PV power is the least expensive form of electricity for performing these tasks.

The HORIBA Group offers targeted solutions for the Photovoltaics industry. In the following you can see all applications related to this industry.

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CIGS (CuIn1-xGaxSe2) thin films characterization
P3HT:PCBM Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Characterization
Optical Characterization of ITO Films Prepared in Different Atmospheres
Electrical and optical properties of the small-angle grain boundaries (SA-GBs) in multicrystalline Silicon for solar cell
Determination of Perovskite Optical Constants
Characterization of silicon nanoparticles (Si-nps) embedded in a silicon-nitride matrix
Dielectric Properties in Hybrid and Inorganic Perovskite Materials used for Photovoltaics Applications
Optical Characterization of CIGS by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry
High-Resolution Low-Temperature PL of Semiconductors
Photoluminescence and Photoreflectance
Raman and PL Characterization of GaN
Characterization of Semiconductors with Photoluminescence Measurement System
III-V Wafer Characterization through Photoluminescence Mapping
Room-temperature Micro-electroluminescent Characterization of Ge-based IR Sources
Photoluminescence Characterization of GaN Alloys and Other Semiconductor Microstructures
Measurement of carrier lifetime in perovskite for solar cell applications
Flat Panel Displays and Fluorescence
Evaluation of Novel Photoresponsive Materials via EQE Measurements
Upconversion of Lanthanide-containing glasses using DD‐980L excitation
Characterizing Lanthanides in Glasses for Optical Applications
Characterization of photovoltaic devices by spectroscopic ellipsometry