Performance of a mesoscale liquid fuel-film combustion-driven TPV power system

Yueh Heng Li, Yung Sheng Lien, Yei Chin Chao, Derek Dunn-Rankin

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Combustion-driven thermophotovoltaic (TPV) systems have obtained increasing attention in recent decades, but most studies have focused on developing narrowband photovoltaic cells and selective emitters. In terms of the heat source, conventional combustion configurations and light gaseous fuels are extensively utilized in macroor meso-scale TPV power systems to simplify thermal management and mechanical fabrication. As far as miniaturization is concerned, however, fuelling these systems with liquid hydrocarbons would provide inherent advantages of high energy density and low volatility. Liquid fuels also promise easy and safe fuel recharging for small-scale power systems. In this paper, a central porous-medium combustor was employed in a small scale TPV power system. The combustor incorporated an emitting chamber wall and a heat recuperator. The radiant efficiency and overall efficiency were compared using different liquid hydrocarbon fuels in the system. The electric output characteristics of the combustion driven TPV system have been investigated to demonstrate the feasibility of a GaSb cell-based TPV power system and to provide design guidance for mesoscale liquid-burning TPV systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-336
Number of pages10
JournalProgress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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