The Bell Labs Demonstration Solar Module is a historical artifact representing a significant milestone in solar energy development. It was likely created in 1955 by Bell Labs scientists Daryl Chapin, Calvin Fuller, and Gerald Pearson, who are credited with inventing the modern solar cell. The module is made of silicon and can convert sunlight into electricity. It was used as a lecture aid at Bell Labs, where it was used to demonstrate the principles of solar energy to students and visitors. It is still functional today, over 65 years after it was created.
Purchased from the SMECC collection.