Heat transfer modelling in thermophotovoltaic cavities using glass media

Thomas Bauer, Ian Forbes, Nicola Pearsall, Roger Penlington

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Optimisation of heat transfer, and in particular radiative heat transfer in terms of the spectral, angular and spatial radiation distributions, is required to achieve high efficiencies and high electrical power densities for thermophotovoltaic (TPV) conversion. This work examines heat transfer from the radiator to the PV cell in an infinite plate arrangement using three different arrangements of participating dielectric media. The modelling applies the Discrete Ordinates method and assumes fused silica (quartz glass) as the dielectric medium. The arrangement radiator–glass–PV cell (also termed dielectric photon concentration) was found to be superior in terms of efficiency and power density.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-268
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005


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