Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) energy conversion is a thermal to electrical energy conversion system requiring no moving parts. It can be powered by any thermal source such as combustion, solar or nuclear power. Chubb's Thermovoltaic Energy Conversion presents the basic physics for each component (emitters, filters and photovoltaic (PV) cells) in the TPV as well as the necessary theory to evaluate the overall performance of a TPV converter.
This book includes two appendices containing Mathematica programs for the spectral optical properties of multi-layer interference filters and the performance of a planar TPV system. A CD-ROM, which is included with the book, allows easy searching. This text is suitable for upper-level undergraduate or first year graduate courses, and is also an ideal reference source or design aid for engineers developing TPV systems. Contents
Introduction | Maximum Efficiency and Power Density for TPV Energy Conversion | Emitter Performances | Optical Filters for Thermophotovoltaics | Photovoltaic Cells | Governing Equations for Radiation Fluxes in Optical Cavity | Radiation Losses in Optical Cavity | TPV System Performance | Appendices Related Topics