Measurement techniques for single junction thermophotovoltaic cells

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Several measurement systems and techniques for the electrical and thermal characterization of thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells are discussed. One computer controlled system measures the quantum efficiency of cells from 0.8 to 2.6 microns. A probe resistor is used to account for cells with low shunt resistances. In the second system, a production-style robot provides automated measurements of I-V characteristics under dark, blackbody, and flashed illumination conditions. The system measures the length and width of each cell, and calculates the open circuit voltage, short circuit current, fill factor, and maximum power for each cell. The mean and standard deviation of the measured ... continued below

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Danielson, L.R.; Parrington, J.R.; Charache, G.W.; Nichols, G.J. & Depoy, D.M. October 1, 1998.

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  • Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
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Several measurement systems and techniques for the electrical and thermal characterization of thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells are discussed. One computer controlled system measures the quantum efficiency of cells from 0.8 to 2.6 microns. A probe resistor is used to account for cells with low shunt resistances. In the second system, a production-style robot provides automated measurements of I-V characteristics under dark, blackbody, and flashed illumination conditions. The system measures the length and width of each cell, and calculates the open circuit voltage, short circuit current, fill factor, and maximum power for each cell. The mean and standard deviation of the measured parameters are also computed. The third system measures the overall cell efficiency by a calorimetric technique. Heat losses due to radiation, conduction, and convection are factored into the analysis method.

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  • 4. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conference on thermophotovoltaic generation of electricity, Denver, CO (United States), 11-14 Oct 1998

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  • Other: DE99001610
  • Report No.: KAPL-P--000118
  • Report No.: K--98160;CONF-981055--
  • Grant Number: AC12-76SN00052
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 307870
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc679645

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Danielson, L.R.; Parrington, J.R.; Charache, G.W.; Nichols, G.J. & Depoy, D.M. Measurement techniques for single junction thermophotovoltaic cells, article, October 1, 1998; Schenectady, New York. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc679645/: accessed April 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.