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Energy & Green Tech

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Energy & Green Tech

Geothermal bubbles up as another way to fight climate change

Geothermal power currently provides only a tiny fraction of the nation's electricity. But as states ramp up their transitions to renewable electricity, some leaders see a big role for geothermal as a stable, renewable power ...

Energy & Green Tech

'A necessity': Lebanon's forced conversion to solar

Thanks to solar energy, residents of the northern Lebanese village of Toula are finally able to enjoy ice cream again—a treat in a sun-baked country plagued by power cuts.

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Pentagon combines sea drones, AI to police Gulf region

Iran's recent seizure of unmanned US Navy boats shined a light on a pioneering Pentagon program to develop networks of air, surface and underwater drones for patrolling large regions, meshing their surveillance with artificial ...

Energy & Green Tech

Why solar panels do not always live up to expectations

The need to switch to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar has never been more urgent. As the gas tap is slowly turned off, electricity becomes more and more expensive, and the effects of the warming climate are ...

Energy & Green Tech

Berlin tech show facing up to era of energy scarcity

From portable solar panels to smart thermostats and "intelligent" radiators, exhibitors at the IFA tech show in Berlin are touting smart solutions for an energy-starved world.

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Photovoltaic module

A photovoltaic module or photovoltaic panel is a packaged interconnected assembly of photovoltaic cells, also known as solar cells. The photovoltaic module, known more commonly as the solar panel, is then used as a component in a larger photovoltaic system to offer electricity for commercial and residential applications.

Because a single photovoltaic module can only produce a certain amount of wattage, installations intended to produce larger electrical power capacity require an installation of several modules or panels and this is known as a photovoltaic array. A photovoltaic installation typically includes an array of photovoltaic modules or panels, an inverter, batteries and interconnection wiring.

Photovoltaic systems are used for either on- or off-grid applications, and for solar panels on spacecraft.

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