Thermophotovoltaic energy in space applications: Review and future potential

Datas Medina, Alejandro and Martí Vega, Antonio (2017). Thermophotovoltaic energy in space applications: Review and future potential. "Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells", v. 161 ; pp. 285-296. ISSN 0927-0248. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2016.12.007.

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Title: Thermophotovoltaic energy in space applications: Review and future potential
Author/s:
  • Datas Medina, Alejandro
  • Martí Vega, Antonio
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Date: March 2017
ISSN: 0927-0248
Volume: 161
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Thermophotovoltaics; Space power generation; Thermal energy conversion;Radioisotope; Nuclear; Solar
Faculty: Instituto de Energía Solar (IES) (UPM)
Department: Electrónica Física
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

This article reviews the state of the art and historical development of thermophotovoltaic (TPV) energy conversion along with that of the main competing technologies, i.e. Stirling, Brayton, thermoelectrics, and thermionics, in the field of space power generation. Main advantages of TPV are the high efficiency, the absence of moving parts, and the fact that it directly generates DC power. The main drawbacks are the unproven reliability and the low rejection temperature, which makes necessary the use of relatively large radiators. This limits the usefulness of TPV to small/medium power applications (100 We-class) that includes radioisotope (RTPV) and small solar thermal (STPV) generators. In this article, next generation TPV concepts are also revisited in order to explore their potential in future space power applications. Among them, multiband TPV cells are found to be the most promising in the short term because of their higher conversion efficiencies at lower emitter temperatures; thus significantly reducing the amount of rejected heat and the required radiator mass.

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Item ID: 50077
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/50077/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:50077
DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2016.12.007
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0927024816305281
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 04 May 2021 14:29
Last Modified: 04 May 2021 14:29
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