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Nighttime Photovoltaic Cells: Electrical power generation by optically couping with deep space

dc.contributor.advisorMunday, Jeremy Nen_US
dc.contributor.authorDeppe, Tristanen_US
dc.description.abstractPhotovoltaics possess significant potential due to the abundance of solar power incident on earth; however, they can only generate electricity during daylight hours. In order to produce electrical power after the sun has set, we consider an alternative photovoltaic concept that uses the earth as a heat source and the night sky as a heat sink, resulting in a “nighttime photovoltaic cell” that employs thermoradiative photovoltaics and radiative cooling to output as much as 10 W/m^2 from ambient radiation. This thesis will discuss the principles of thermoradiative photovoltaics, the theoretical limits of coupling a device with deep space, the potential of advanced radiative cooling techniques to enhance their performance, and a discussion of the practical limits, scalability, and integrability of this nighttime photovoltaic concept.en_US
dc.titleNighttime Photovoltaic Cells: Electrical power generation by optically couping with deep spaceen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentElectrical Engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledElectrical engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledRadiative Coolingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledRenewable Energyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledThermoradiative Photovoltaicsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledWaste Heat Recoveryen_US

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