Accession Number:

AD0263107

Title:

Photoemission Solar Energy Converter

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORP BALTIMORE MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1961-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

82.0

Abstract:

The use of photoemission to convert solar photon flux into electrical power and the development of a high power-per-unit-weight photogenerator suitable for use in space, are considered. Experimental results obtained with the movable-anode WX-3964 are presented and show how efficiency depends on anode- to-photocathode spacing. The results of the bell-jar and WX-4220 phototube experiments are given, showing the necessity of clean tube components and the desirability of a small volume during cesiation. A tentative design of a glass-tubing processing system is discussed and the design of the WX-4209 is given, showing the compatibility of the two.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE