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Title: Comparison of selective emitter and filter thermophotovoltaic systems

Abstract

At the NASA Lewis Research Center we have developed a systems model for a general thermophotovoltaic (TPV) system. The components included in the model are a solar concentrator, a receiver, a thermal storage module, an emitter, a protective window, a filter, and a photovoltaic (PV) array. The system model requires the wavelength dependence of the optical properties of the components, together with the PV cell spectral response and the cell current-voltage characteristics. With these inputs, the system efficiency, the emitter or filter efficiencies, the PV cell efficiency, the emitter operating temperature, and the cell output power density are calculated. In this paper we compare the performance of a variety selective emitter and filter TPV systems. The overall system model is based on the solar TPV system being developed jointly by McDonnell-Douglas and NASA. In the current study, the concentrator, receiver, and storage parameters are fixed; only the characteristics of the emitter/filter and the PV cell are varied. We present computed results for the emitter/filter efficiency, the PV cell efficiency, and the cell output power, at a number of emitter operating temperatures, as functions of the PV cell bandgap energy. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

Authors:
;  [1];  [2]
  1. NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio (United States)
  2. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
285284
Report Number(s):
CONF-9507247-
Journal ID: APCPCS; ISSN 0094-243X; TRN: 9610M0187
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
AIP Conference Proceedings
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 358; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 2. NREL conference on thermophotovoltaic generation of electricity, Colorado Springs, CO (United States), Jul 1995; Other Information: PBD: Feb 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; THERMOPHOTOVOLTAIC CONVERTERS; EFFICIENCY; OPTICAL PROPERTIES; SPECTRAL RESPONSE; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; ENERGY GAP; NUMERICAL SOLUTION; POWER DENSITY; WAVELENGTHS; IV CHARACTERISTIC

Citation Formats

Good, B S, Chubb, D L, and Lowe, R A. Comparison of selective emitter and filter thermophotovoltaic systems. United States: N. p., 1996. Web. doi:10.1063/1.49684.
Good, B S, Chubb, D L, & Lowe, R A. Comparison of selective emitter and filter thermophotovoltaic systems. United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.49684
Good, B S, Chubb, D L, and Lowe, R A. Thu . "Comparison of selective emitter and filter thermophotovoltaic systems". United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.49684.
@article{osti_285284,
title = {Comparison of selective emitter and filter thermophotovoltaic systems},
author = {Good, B S and Chubb, D L and Lowe, R A},
abstractNote = {At the NASA Lewis Research Center we have developed a systems model for a general thermophotovoltaic (TPV) system. The components included in the model are a solar concentrator, a receiver, a thermal storage module, an emitter, a protective window, a filter, and a photovoltaic (PV) array. The system model requires the wavelength dependence of the optical properties of the components, together with the PV cell spectral response and the cell current-voltage characteristics. With these inputs, the system efficiency, the emitter or filter efficiencies, the PV cell efficiency, the emitter operating temperature, and the cell output power density are calculated. In this paper we compare the performance of a variety selective emitter and filter TPV systems. The overall system model is based on the solar TPV system being developed jointly by McDonnell-Douglas and NASA. In the current study, the concentrator, receiver, and storage parameters are fixed; only the characteristics of the emitter/filter and the PV cell are varied. We present computed results for the emitter/filter efficiency, the PV cell efficiency, and the cell output power, at a number of emitter operating temperatures, as functions of the PV cell bandgap energy. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}},
doi = {10.1063/1.49684},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/285284}, journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings},
number = 1,
volume = 358,
place = {United States},
year = {1996},
month = {2}
}