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Glossary

ENcell area 
(Unit: m2)

total or active area of a photovoltaic cell

a) total cell area

area of the front surface of a photovoltaic cell as defined by its outer edges

NOTE 1 Total cell area includes the area of any metallisation lines

NOTE 2 Total cell area is preferred for reporting cell efficiency

b) active cell area

part of the total cell area designed to receive solar radiation for the generation of electricity

NOTE 3 Active cell area equals the total cell area minus the area contribution of the metallisation lines

NOTE 4 Active cell area is sometimes referred to as “cell aperture area”


TC/SC:82Terms     Info     Publications
Published in:IEC 61836, ed. 2.0 (2007-12) Terms     Info
Reference number:3.4.11

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