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Title: Thermophotovoltaic energy generation

Inventive systems and methods for the generation of energy using thermophotovoltaic cells are described. Also described are systems and methods for selectively emitting electromagnetic radiation from an emitter for use in thermophotovoltaic energy generation systems. In at least some of the inventive energy generation systems and methods, a voltage applied to the thermophotovoltaic cell (e.g., to enhance the power produced by the cell) can be adjusted to enhance system performance. Certain embodiments of the systems and methods described herein can be used to generate energy relatively efficiently.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1212398
Assignee:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) DOESC
Patent Number(s):
9,116,537
Application Number:
13/112,831
Contract Number:
SC0001299
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2011 May 20
Research Org:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY

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