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Detailed balance analysis of solar thermophotovoltaic systems made up of single junction photovoltaic cells and broadband thermal emitters
Año:2010
Áreas de investigación
  • Tecnología electrónica y de las comunicaciones
Datos
Descripción
This paper presents a detailed balance analysis of a solar thermophotovoltaic system comprising an optical concentrator, a cut-off broad band absorber and emitter, and single junction photovoltaic cells working at the radiative limit with an integrated back-side reflector in a configuration in which the cells enclose the emitter to form an optical cavity. The analysis includes the effect of multiple variables on the system performance (efficiency and electrical power density), such as the concentration factor, the emitter-to-absorber area ratio, the absorber and emitter cut-off energies, the semiconductor band-gap energy and the voltage of the cells. Furthermore, the effect of optical losses within the cavity such as those attributed to a back-side reflector with reflectivity lower than one or to a semi-open optical cavity is also included. One of our main conclusions is that for a planar system configuration (the emitter, the cells and the absorber have the same area) the combination of low concentration and a spectrally selective absorber provides the highest system efficiencies. The efficiency limit of this kind of systems is 45.3%, which exceeds the Shockley-Queisser limit of 40.8% (obtained for a single junction solar cell, directly illuminated by the sun, working under maximum concentration and with an optimized band-gap). This system also has the great benefit of requiring a very low concentration factor of 4.4 suns.
Internacional
Si
JCR del ISI
Si
Título de la revista
SOLAR ENERGY MATERIALS AND SOLAR CELLS
ISSN
0927-0248
Factor de impacto JCR
3,858
Información de impacto
Volumen
94
DOI
Número de revista
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2137
Hasta la página
2147
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Participantes
  • Autor: Alejandro Datas Medina (UPM)
  • Autor: Carlos Algora Del Valle (UPM)
Grupos de investigación, Departamentos, Centros e Institutos de I+D+i relacionados
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Semiconductores III-V
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Instituto de Energía Solar
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