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  • Ga : See gallium.

  • GaAs : See gallium arsenide.

  • Gallium (Ga) : A chemical element, metallic in nature, used in making certain kinds of solar cells and semiconductor devices.

  • Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) : A crystalline, high-efficiency compound used to make certain types of solar cells and semiconductor material.

  • Gassing : The evolution of gas from one or more of the electrodes in the cells of a battery. Gassing commonly results from local action self-discharge or from the electrolysis of water in the electrolyte during charging.

  • Gassing Current : The portion of charge current that goes into electrolytical production of hydrogen and oxygen from the electrolytic liquid. This current increases with increasing voltage and temperature.

  • Gel-Type Battery : Lead-acid battery in which the electrolyte is composed of a silica gel matrix.

  • Gigawatt (GW) : A unit of power equal to 1 billion Watts; 1 million kilowatts, or 1,000 megawatts.

  • Grid : See electrical grid.

  • Grid-Connected System : A solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) system in which the PV array acts like a central generating plant, supplying power to the grid.

  • Grid-Interactive System : Same as grid-connected system.

  • Grid Lines : Metallic contacts fused to the surface of the solar cell to provide a low resistance path for electrons to flow out to the cell interconnect wires.




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