60 Years Ago, Bell Labs Unveiled The Solar Cell

23 April 2014

Sun powered carSixty years ago, scientists at Bell Labs in New Jersey announced that the world finally had an efficient way to turn sunlight into electricity. On April 25, 1954, Daryl Chapin, electrical engineer, Gerald Pearson, physicist, and chemist Calvin Fuller demonstrated their invention, the first practical solar cell. It was made of silicon — which, by the way, would later become the prime ingredient in computer chips.

Click here to view a collection of images from Gizmodo Australia, showing the wide variety of amazing, sometimes weird, and even funny usage of solar cells — whether from inside your pocket or in Earth’s orbit.

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