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Basic Principles and Critical Aspects of System Design


Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Thomas Bauer
    Pages 1-13
  3. Single Components

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Thomas Bauer
      Pages 17-34
    3. Thomas Bauer
      Pages 35-51
    4. Thomas Bauer
      Pages 53-81
  4. Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Thomas Bauer
      Pages 101-127
    3. Thomas Bauer
      Pages 129-145
    4. Thomas Bauer
      Pages 147-196
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 197-202

About this book


Thermophotovoltaics is the science and technology associated with the direct generation of electricity from high temperature heat. Potential applications include combined heat and power, portable and auxiliary power, radioisotope space power, industrial waste heat recovery and concentrated solar power. This book aims at serving as an introduction to the underlying theory, overview of present day components and system arrangements, and update of the latest developments in the field. The emphasis is placed on the understanding of the critical aspects of efficient thermophotovoltaic system design. The aim is to assist researchers in the field.


Cheap PV Electricity generation Energy conversion Heat transfer Spectral control Thermophotovoltaics explained

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Inst. Technische ThermodynamikDeutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)StuttgartGermany

About the authors

The author studied electrical engineering at Heilbronn University in Germany and completed his PhD in the field of thermophotovoltaics at Northumbria University in the UK in 2005. Currently, he works at the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

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