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Title: Testing and modeling of a solar thermophotovoltaic power system

Abstract

A solar thermophotovoltaic (STPV) power system has attractive attributes for both space and terrestrial applications. This paper presents the results of testing by McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA) over the last year with components furnished by the NASA Lewis Research Center (LeRC) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). The testing has included a large scale solar TPV testbed system and small scale laboratory STPV simulator using a small furnace. The testing apparatus, instrumentation, and operation are discussed, including a description of the emitters and photovoltaic devices that have been tested. Over 50 on-sun tests have been conducted with the testbed system. It has accumulated over 300 hours of on-sun time, and 1.5 MWh of thermal energy incident on the receiver material while temperatures and I-V measurements were taken. A summary of the resulting test data is presented that shows the measured performance at temperatures up to 1220{degree}C. The receiver materials and PV cells have endured the high temperature operation with no major problems. The results of this investigation support MDA belief that STPV is a viable power system for both space and terrestrial power applications. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

Authors:
 [1]; ;  [2];  [3]
  1. McDonnell Douglas, 5301 Bolsa Ave, Huntington Bch., California 92647 (United States)
  2. NASA Lewis Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44135 (United States)
  3. National Renewable Energy Lab, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
285297
Report Number(s):
CONF-9507247-
Journal ID: APCPCS; ISSN 0094-243X; TRN: 9610M0199
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; POWER SYSTEMS; SOLAR ENERGY; SOLAR CONCENTRATORS; QUANTUM EFFICIENCY; TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT; POWER INPUT

Citation Formats

Stone, K W, Chubb, D L, Wilt, D M, and Wanlass, M W. Testing and modeling of a solar thermophotovoltaic power system. United States: N. p., 1996. Web. doi:10.1063/1.49687.
Stone, K W, Chubb, D L, Wilt, D M, & Wanlass, M W. Testing and modeling of a solar thermophotovoltaic power system. United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.49687
Stone, K W, Chubb, D L, Wilt, D M, and Wanlass, M W. Thu . "Testing and modeling of a solar thermophotovoltaic power system". United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.49687.
@article{osti_285297,
title = {Testing and modeling of a solar thermophotovoltaic power system},
author = {Stone, K W and Chubb, D L and Wilt, D M and Wanlass, M W},
abstractNote = {A solar thermophotovoltaic (STPV) power system has attractive attributes for both space and terrestrial applications. This paper presents the results of testing by McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA) over the last year with components furnished by the NASA Lewis Research Center (LeRC) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). The testing has included a large scale solar TPV testbed system and small scale laboratory STPV simulator using a small furnace. The testing apparatus, instrumentation, and operation are discussed, including a description of the emitters and photovoltaic devices that have been tested. Over 50 on-sun tests have been conducted with the testbed system. It has accumulated over 300 hours of on-sun time, and 1.5 MWh of thermal energy incident on the receiver material while temperatures and I-V measurements were taken. A summary of the resulting test data is presented that shows the measured performance at temperatures up to 1220{degree}C. The receiver materials and PV cells have endured the high temperature operation with no major problems. The results of this investigation support MDA belief that STPV is a viable power system for both space and terrestrial power applications. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}},
doi = {10.1063/1.49687},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/285297}, journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings},
number = 1,
volume = 358,
place = {United States},
year = {1996},
month = {2}
}