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Passive Solar - The use of natural heat transfer
processes to collect, distribute, and store useable heat without the help
of mechanical devices (pumps or fans). Passive solar systems have few moving
parts. Trombe Walls and the use of the thermal mass of building structure
to store energy are examples of passive solar systems.
Photovoltaic Cell - A device that converts sunlight directly into electricity. Photovoltaic (PV) cells are silicon-based semiconductors and are often referred to as solar cells. PV cells were developed in the mid-1950’s and have become cost effective where it is difficult to extend conventional power lines. PV cells are often used for remote motorist call aid boxes, irrigation systems and navigational lights.