A tubular-flame combustor for thermophotovoltaic power systems

Yueh Heng Li, Yei Chin Chao, Derek Dunn-Rankin

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Abstract

The two approaches are addressed in the study for improving the efficiency of combustion-driven thermophotovoltaic(TPV) power system instead of material modification in photovoltaic cell and emitter. One is attempting to integrate visible wavelength from flames and near-infrared wavelength from the silicon carbide emitter for matching the quantum efficiency of nowadays PV cells. The other is coating metal-oxide-deposited layer on a quartz tube and acting as en emitter. Then, the metal-oxide-deposited emitter has advantages of high thermal diffusivity and easy-machining characteristics compare with the traditional emitter. Concept, design and demonstration on both tubular combustors are addressed and discussed in this paper. Results show that the two cost-effective strategies can significantly ameliorate the shortcomings of present PV cell and emitter, and apparently increase the radiation and quantum efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th Annual International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, IECEC 2011
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781624101571
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1
Event9th Annual International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, IECEC 2011 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2011 Jul 312011 Aug 3

Publication series

Name9th Annual International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, IECEC 2011

Other

Other9th Annual International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, IECEC 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period11-07-3111-08-03

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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