WASHINGTON, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
A HIGHER POWER
Profile America — Tuesday, April 25th. On this date in 1954, Bell Laboratories in New York announced the prototype manufacture of a new solar battery, or what we now call a solar cell. The new cell was capable of a 6 percent energy conversion efficiency with direct sunlight, as opposed to about a 1 percent rate with earlier creations. In a demonstration for the press, the Bell inventors placed the array of several small silicon strips in sunlight. The cell captured the free electrons and turned them into electrical current, powering the rotation of a 21-inch Ferris wheel. In the U.S. today, solar energy powers some 107,000 homes. Solar cells are manufactured by 155 domestic businesses, with annual revenue of about $3 billion. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
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Contemporary story/accessed 2/3/2017: www.rfcafe.com/references/popular-electronics/solar-battery-oct-1954-popular-electronics.htm
Ferris wheel/accessed 2/3/2017: www.popsci.com/article/science/invention-solar-cell
Household solar power/American Community Survey: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B25040
Solar cell manufacturing /NAICS 334413c1/accessed 2/3/2106: www.ibisworld.com/industry/default.aspx?indid=1914
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