Heat transfer modelling in thermophotovoltaic cavities using glass media

Bauer, Thomas, Forbes, Ian, Pearsall, Nicola and Penlington, Roger (2005) Heat transfer modelling in thermophotovoltaic cavities using glass media. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 88 (3). pp. 257-268. ISSN 0927-0248

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2004.10.008

Abstract

Optimisation of heat transfer, and in particular radiative heat transfer in terms of the spectral, angular and spatial radiation distributions, is required to achieve high efficiencies and high electrical power densities for thermophotovoltaic (TPV) conversion. This work examines heat transfer from the radiator to the PV cell in an infinite plate arrangement using three different arrangements of participating dielectric media. The modelling applies the Discrete Ordinates method and assumes fused silica (quartz glass) as the dielectric medium. The arrangement radiator–glass–PV cell (also termed dielectric photon concentration) was found to be superior in terms of efficiency and power density.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Northumbria/One North East funded project. Electricity generation by direct conversion from high temperature radiators using thermophotovoltaic (TPV) devices. Modeling of a spectral control approach for TPV systems unique in the World.The only TPV spectral control modeling in the UK. Research results relevant to energy generation for domestic and defense. Important results in a key aspect of TPV system design. A potential breakthrough in spectral control. The work provides the basis for future research at Northumbria and elsewhere.
Subjects: J500 Materials Technology not otherwise specified
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2008 11:49
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:54
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3226

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