Accession Number:

ADD010888

Title:

Thermophotovoltaic Power Source.

Descriptive Note:

Patent,

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-12-06

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

This invention relates generally to the field of spacecraft power sources, and more particularly to thermophotovoltaic power sources. There is a continuing interest in the spacecraft arts in finding a power supply which is more durable and reliable than the standard solar cell panels presently utilized. The invention comprises a light energy concentrator and collector, and a thermal vessel including a thermal storage medium disposed in a portion of the vessel and having a light aperture therein for introducing light energy from the concentrator into the vessel so that it impinges on the thermal storage medium.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE