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Americus, Georgia: First Solar Battery Installed

Historical marker: First installation of a solar battery (predecessor of today's solar cells) occurred near here in 1955. Invented at Bell Labs.

Lane Store Rd, Americus, GA
Intersection of Upper River Rd and Lane Store Rd
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Solar Battery historical marker.

First Solar Battery

An historical marker stands near the site of the installation of the Bell Solar Battery invented by Bell Labs. The design paved the way for use of solar power in space. Installed on 10/4/1955.

[Vince, 03/04/2016]

The Brainiacs at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ experimented with many designs before achieving a practical silicon solar battery, demonstrated with its measurable but meager power efficiency in 1954. The first commercial solar battery was deployed in 1955, and subsequent solar cells found thousands of useful applications.

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Ray Charles Musical Revolving Sculpture, Albany, GA - 37 mi.

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