Latest Thermophotovoltaic Stories

Nanotubes Solar Cells Heat And Light
2014-01-20 10:33:27

[ Watch the Video: Tapping The Sun's Energy In New Ways ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Like a beautiful piece of music being played on an out-of-tune instrument, conventional photovoltaic material (PV) used to capture solar energy is slightly out of tune with natural sunlight. A new system being developed by researchers at MIT looks to correct this dissonance by using sunlight to heat a high-temperature material that then radiates an optimal wavelength of...

Heat-resistant Materials That Could Vastly Improve Solar Cell Efficiency Developed By Scientists
2013-10-16 09:25:18

Stanford University Scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter that could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. The novel component is designed to convert heat from the sun into infrared light, which can than be absorbed by solar cells to make electricity – a technology known as thermophotovoltaics. Unlike earlier prototypes that fell apart at temperatures below 2200 degrees Fahrenheit (1200 degrees Celsius), the new thermal emitter remains stable at...

2011-12-03 08:23:15

Researchers at MIT say that they have discovered a way to generate electricity from the sun's light that uses solid-state devices, but does not require mirrors to focus the sunlight, meaning that they could be simpler and less expensive to make than similar, traditional devices. According to an online article by David L. Chandler, of the MIT News Office, the discovery is essentially an enhancement of devices known as thermophotovoltaics, a less common way to take advantage of the sun's...

2011-11-23 14:30:00

Eclipsall announced today that the company has integrated selective emitter technology into its manufacturing process. Eclipsall manufactures high performance 60 and 72 cell PV modules from its' 160,000 square foot facility in Toronto. Toronto, ON (PRWEB) November 23, 2011 Eclipsall, an Ontario maker of PV solar panels announced today that the company has integrated selective emitter technology into its manufacturing process. Selective emitter technology has been proven to be more...

2011-07-25 12:26:45

Boston College researchers' designer material has potential applications for thermophotovoltaics A designer metamaterial has shown it can engineer emitted "blackbody" radiation with an efficiency beyond the natural limits imposed by the material's temperature, a team of researchers led by Boston College physicist Willie Padilla report in the current edition of Physical Review Letters. A "blackbody" object represents a theorized ideal of performance for a material that perfectly absorbs all...

2011-04-08 09:00:00

MEDFORD and SOMERVILLE, Mass., April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Tom Vandervelde has been awarded an early-career award from the National Science Foundation for promising research on the conversion of heat to electricity. Vandervelde, the John A. and Dorothy Adams Faculty Development Professor, will use the $400,000, five year award to continue his studies in thermophotovoltaics (TPVs) -- cells that convert thermal energy,...

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