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Title: Apparatuses and method for converting electromagnetic radiation to direct current

Abstract

An energy conversion device may include a first antenna and a second antenna configured to generate an AC current responsive to incident radiation, at least one stripline, and a rectifier coupled with the at least one stripline along a length of the at least one stripline. An energy conversion device may also include an array of nanoantennas configured to generate an AC current in response to receiving incident radiation. Each nanoantenna of the array includes a pair of resonant elements, and a shared rectifier operably coupled to the pair of resonant elements, the shared rectifier configured to convert the AC current to a DC current. The energy conversion device may further include a bus structure operably coupled with the array of nanoantennas and configured to receive the DC current from the array of nanoantennas and transmit the DC current away from the array of nanoantennas.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1159921
Patent Number(s):
8847824
Application Number:
13/426,407
Assignee:
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y10 - TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC Y10T - TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER US CLASSIFICATION
H - ELECTRICITY H01 - BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS H01Q - ANTENNAS, i.e. RADIO AERIALS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION

Citation Formats

Kotter, Dale K, and Novack, Steven D. Apparatuses and method for converting electromagnetic radiation to direct current. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
Kotter, Dale K, & Novack, Steven D. Apparatuses and method for converting electromagnetic radiation to direct current. United States.
Kotter, Dale K, and Novack, Steven D. Tue . "Apparatuses and method for converting electromagnetic radiation to direct current". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1159921.
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