Bell Labs: Energy From the Sun

Originally published in 1962 by Bell Labs, this instructional guide does an excellent job introducting the science behind the silicon solar cell (aka The Bell Solar Battery)

Originally published in 1962 by Bell Labs, this instructional guide does an excellent job introducting the science behind the silicon solar cell and even includes a recipe for making your own cells.

Written by Daryl Chapin, one of the inventors of the Bell Solar Battery (aka silicon solar cell), this instructional textbook is designed for secondary Physics and Chemistry classes.   Details include step by step process for creating a silicon solar cell from scratch.    We’re currently in the process of reviewing, with your feedback, how this excellent unit on the origins of photovolaics, can be used in today’s classrooms.   The fundamental science and techniques illustrated in this text are representative of how silicon solar cells are made today, though today’s scientists continue to make improvements.

REVIEW COPY –PDF 14 MB.  Formated to print on 8.5″ x 11″ paper black/white.  97 pp

BellSolarBattery-VideoTHBpngA 14 minute video, titled “The Bell Solar Battery”, produced by ATT Archives can be viewed here and used in class.

 
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