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Title: System and method for work function reduction and thermionic energy conversion

Abstract

A thermionic energy converter, preferably including an anode and a cathode. An anode of a thermionic energy converter, preferably including an n-type semiconductor, one or more supplemental layers, and an electrical contact. A method for work function reduction and/or thermionic energy conversion, preferably including inputting thermal energy to a thermionic energy converter, illuminating an anode of the thermionic energy converter, thereby preferably reducing a work function of the anode, and extracting electrical power from the system.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Spark Thermonics, Inc., Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
OSTI Identifier:
1632501
Patent Number(s):
10,546,990
Application Number:
16/218,032
Assignee:
Spark Thermonics, Inc. (Berkeley, CA)
DOE Contract Number:  
AR0000664
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 12/12/2018
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Schwede, Jared William, and Hess, Lucas Heinrich. System and method for work function reduction and thermionic energy conversion. United States: N. p., 2020. Web.
Schwede, Jared William, & Hess, Lucas Heinrich. System and method for work function reduction and thermionic energy conversion. United States.
Schwede, Jared William, and Hess, Lucas Heinrich. Tue . "System and method for work function reduction and thermionic energy conversion". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1632501.
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abstractNote = {A thermionic energy converter, preferably including an anode and a cathode. An anode of a thermionic energy converter, preferably including an n-type semiconductor, one or more supplemental layers, and an electrical contact. A method for work function reduction and/or thermionic energy conversion, preferably including inputting thermal energy to a thermionic energy converter, illuminating an anode of the thermionic energy converter, thereby preferably reducing a work function of the anode, and extracting electrical power from the system.},
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