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Title: Thermophotovoltaic energy conversion using photonic bandgap selective emitters

Abstract

A method for thermophotovoltaic generation of electricity comprises heating a metallic photonic crystal to provide selective emission of radiation that is matched to the peak spectral response of a photovoltaic cell that converts the radiation to electricity. The use of a refractory metal, such as tungsten, for the photonic crystal enables high temperature operation for high radiant flux and high dielectric contrast for a full 3D photonic bandgap, preferable for efficient thermophotovoltaic energy conversion.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Albuquerque, NM
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
958115
Patent Number(s):
6583350
Application Number:
10/114,820; TRN: US201002%%317
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H01 - BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS H01K - ELECTRIC INCANDESCENT LAMPS
H - ELECTRICITY H01 - BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS H01L - SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; DIELECTRIC MATERIALS; ELECTRICITY; ENERGY CONVERSION; HEATING; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; RADIATIONS; REFRACTORY METALS; SPECTRAL RESPONSE; TUNGSTEN

Citation Formats

Gee, James M, Lin, Shawn-Yu, Fleming, James G, and Moreno, James B. Thermophotovoltaic energy conversion using photonic bandgap selective emitters. United States: N. p., 2003. Web.
Gee, James M, Lin, Shawn-Yu, Fleming, James G, & Moreno, James B. Thermophotovoltaic energy conversion using photonic bandgap selective emitters. United States.
Gee, James M, Lin, Shawn-Yu, Fleming, James G, and Moreno, James B. Tue . "Thermophotovoltaic energy conversion using photonic bandgap selective emitters". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/958115.
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title = {Thermophotovoltaic energy conversion using photonic bandgap selective emitters},
author = {Gee, James M and Lin, Shawn-Yu and Fleming, James G and Moreno, James B},
abstractNote = {A method for thermophotovoltaic generation of electricity comprises heating a metallic photonic crystal to provide selective emission of radiation that is matched to the peak spectral response of a photovoltaic cell that converts the radiation to electricity. The use of a refractory metal, such as tungsten, for the photonic crystal enables high temperature operation for high radiant flux and high dielectric contrast for a full 3D photonic bandgap, preferable for efficient thermophotovoltaic energy conversion.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2003},
month = {6}
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