Accession Number:

AD0257788

Title:

ENERGY CONVERSION SYSTEMS REFERENCE HANDBOOK. VOLUME V. DIRECT SOLAR CONVERSION

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ELECTRO-OPTICAL SYSTEMS INC PASADENA CALIF

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Report Date:

1960-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

The performance characteristics are described of the photovoltaic converter when used to convert solar radiation directly to dc electrical energy. Empirical and analytical relationships are derived which present expected efficiencies of conversion as a function of temperature, solar insoign, Photoelectric cells, Plasma physics, Electro magnetic waves, Theory, Materials, Cratering, Configuration, Production. Open-ended Terms Energy conversion. The performance characteristics are described of the photovoltaic converter when used to convert solar radiation directly to dc electrical energy. Empirical and analytical relationships are derived which present expected efficiencies of conversion as a function of temperature, solar insolance, and other factors. The effects of environmental degradation due to meteoroids and the Van Allen belts are discussed. The present and anticipated state-of-the-art of fabrication techniques is presented, along with the advantages of using concentrating mechanisms for increasing the solar illumination level. A discussion is also included describing the state of the art and practical and theoretical limitations of the photo-emissive generator. It does not appear at present that the photo-emissive generator offers competition to the photovoltaic cell. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE