Infrared Power Generation: Study in an Insulated Compartment
Final rept. 1 May 2014-14 Aug 2015
JAMES MADISON UNIV HARRISONBURG VA
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Infrared power generation IRPG consists of shining infrared IR radiation on a power generator PG device and collecting a usable voltage. The PI and Co-PI are actively pioneering the effort of understanding and implementing IRPG. Scientifically. the primary objective of this Project is to unveil the mechanisms alternative to the Seebeck effect contributing to voltage production in IRPG. This task implies establishing and assessing the equivalence or lack thereof among radiative heat transfer, on one hand, and convective and conductive heat transfer, on the other. Some possible consequences of such an equivalence or lack thereof in the fields of device physics, astronomy and geology, biology and medicine and art, are discussed.