Photoemission Solar Energy Converter
WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORP BALTIMORE MD
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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.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution