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Title: Combined photovoltaic-thermoelectric solar cell and solar cell array

Abstract

A solar cell array is described comprising: electrically connected gallium arsenide solar cells; means for imposing a thermal gradient across the thickness of each of the solar cells greater than that normally experienced by gallium arsenide solar cells exposed to direct sunlight, a hot face of the solar cells being at a temperature greater than a cool face thereof; and face electrode means in contact with the solar cells, including a hot junction electrode producing a high thermoelectric potential at the hot face and a cool junction electrode producing a low thermoelectric potential at the cool face of each of the solar cells.

Inventors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5538048
Patent Number(s):
US 4710588
Assignee:
Hughes Aircraft Co., Los Angeles, CA NOV; NOV-88-093487; EDB-88-036912
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: Filed date 6 Oct 1986
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; GALLIUM ARSENIDE SOLAR CELLS; DESIGN; THERMOELECTRICITY; SOLAR CELL ARRAYS; COOLING; ELECTRODES; HEATING; SEMICONDUCTOR JUNCTIONS; TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS; THERMODYNAMICS; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; ELECTRICITY; EQUIPMENT; JUNCTIONS; PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; SOLAR CELLS; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; 140501* - Solar Energy Conversion- Photovoltaic Conversion; 140502 - Solar Energy Conversion- Thermonic & Thermoelectric conversion

Citation Formats

Ellion, M.E. Combined photovoltaic-thermoelectric solar cell and solar cell array. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Ellion, M.E. Combined photovoltaic-thermoelectric solar cell and solar cell array. United States.
Ellion, M.E. Tue . "Combined photovoltaic-thermoelectric solar cell and solar cell array". United States.
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title = {Combined photovoltaic-thermoelectric solar cell and solar cell array},
author = {Ellion, M.E.},
abstractNote = {A solar cell array is described comprising: electrically connected gallium arsenide solar cells; means for imposing a thermal gradient across the thickness of each of the solar cells greater than that normally experienced by gallium arsenide solar cells exposed to direct sunlight, a hot face of the solar cells being at a temperature greater than a cool face thereof; and face electrode means in contact with the solar cells, including a hot junction electrode producing a high thermoelectric potential at the hot face and a cool junction electrode producing a low thermoelectric potential at the cool face of each of the solar cells.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue Dec 01 00:00:00 EST 1987},
month = {Tue Dec 01 00:00:00 EST 1987}
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