Solar power, also known as the photovoltaic effect, was discovered by accident by scientist Alexandre Becquerel way back in 1839. The first solar cell was produced in 1883 by Charles Fritts. It had a very low efficiency of 1%. However, it wasn’t until 1954 that the first modern silicon solar cell was created by AT&T Bell Laboratories. This new technological advancement allowed the use of solar energy in spacecraft and space stations. Today solar panels are commonplace and are used in a number of devices, solar farms, as well as individual homes.
The following infographic illustrates all the major events and breakthroughs in the history of solar power.
Infographic by SunRun.