When the first solar panel was invented?
1950s - Bell Labs produce solar cells for space activities. 1953 - Gerald Pearson begins research into lithium-silicon photovoltaic cells. 1954 - On April 25, 1954, Bell Labs announces the invention of the first practical silicon solar cell.
For those interested, below is a brief history of how solar power came to be. The history of photovoltaic energy (aka. solar cells) started way back in 1876. William Grylls Adams along with a student of his, Richard Day, discovered that when selenium was exposed to light, it produced electricity.
- 1904. Prince Piero Ginori Conti invents the first geothermal power plant at the Larderello dry steam field in Tuscany, Italy.
- A geyser is a vent in the Earth's surface that periodically ejects a column of hot water and steam. A lava fountain is an example of the amount of heat stored in the Earth. Geysers, lava mountains and hot springs are all natural examples of geothermal energy.
- Solar energy uses captured sunlight to create photovoltaic power (PV) or concentrated solar power (CSP) for solar heating. This energy conversion allows solar to be used to power auto motives, lights, pools, heaters and gadgets.
Already in 1767, the first solar oven was invented. The credit goes to Horace de Saussure, a Swiss physicist, which probably had no idea his invention would help people prepare their dinner two and a half centuries into the future.
- The central cooking tube is made from borosilicate glass, which is resistant to thermal shock, and has a vacuum beneath the surface to insulate the interior. The inside of the tube is lined with copper, stainless steel, and aluminum nitrile to better absorb and conduct heat from the sun's rays.
- Solar panel history. In 1839 Alexandre Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect which explains how electricity can be generated from sunlight. He claimed that “shining light on an electrode submerged in a conductive solution would create an electric current.”
- 1950s - Bell Labs produce solar cells for space activities. 1953 - Gerald Pearson begins research into lithium-silicon photovoltaic cells. 1954 - On April 25, 1954, Bell Labs announces the invention of the first practical silicon solar cell.
Updated: 23rd October 2018