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Title: Thermophotovoltaic power conversion systems: Current performance and future potential

Abstract

Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) systems offer a unique, solid-state approach to converting heat into electricity based on thermal radiation. TPV is particularly suitable for certain classes of power generation applications that are not well served by standard engines, such as long, remote missions where repairs are difficult, and portable generation where space and weight are at a premium. While standard thermophotovoltaics are limited in their conversion efficiency, photonic crystals can improve performance by an order of magnitude for a number of systems. While there are many potential applications, two exemplary systems are discussed: TPV μreactors for portable power generation in a mm-scale form factor, and solar TPV for long-term off-grid power generation from sunlight. In both cases, photonic crystals can enable potential performance exceeding that of many other well-known technologies, such as single-junction photovoltaics.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1066954
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0001299; FG02-09ER46577
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Japanese Journal of Optics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 80; Journal Issue: 8; Related Information: S3TEC partners with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (lead); Boston College; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Journal ID: ISSN 0389-6625
Publisher:
Oyo Butsuri Gakkai - Japan Society of Applied Physics, Optical Society of Japan
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; solar (photovoltaic); solar (thermal); solid state lighting; phonons; thermal conductivity; thermoelectric; defects; mechanical behavior; charge transport; spin dynamics; materials and chemistry by design; optics; synthesis (novel materials); synthesis (self-assembly); synthesis (scalable processing)

Citation Formats

Celanovic, Ivan, Bermel, Peter, and Soljacic, Marin. Thermophotovoltaic power conversion systems: Current performance and future potential. United States: N. p., 2011. Web.
Celanovic, Ivan, Bermel, Peter, & Soljacic, Marin. Thermophotovoltaic power conversion systems: Current performance and future potential. United States.
Celanovic, Ivan, Bermel, Peter, and Soljacic, Marin. Sat . "Thermophotovoltaic power conversion systems: Current performance and future potential". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1066954.
@article{osti_1066954,
title = {Thermophotovoltaic power conversion systems: Current performance and future potential},
author = {Celanovic, Ivan and Bermel, Peter and Soljacic, Marin},
abstractNote = {Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) systems offer a unique, solid-state approach to converting heat into electricity based on thermal radiation. TPV is particularly suitable for certain classes of power generation applications that are not well served by standard engines, such as long, remote missions where repairs are difficult, and portable generation where space and weight are at a premium. While standard thermophotovoltaics are limited in their conversion efficiency, photonic crystals can improve performance by an order of magnitude for a number of systems. While there are many potential applications, two exemplary systems are discussed: TPV μreactors for portable power generation in a mm-scale form factor, and solar TPV for long-term off-grid power generation from sunlight. In both cases, photonic crystals can enable potential performance exceeding that of many other well-known technologies, such as single-junction photovoltaics.},
doi = {},
journal = {Japanese Journal of Optics},
number = 8,
volume = 80,
place = {United States},
year = {2011},
month = {1}
}

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