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Theory and Performance of Flat Plate Solar Thermoelectric Generator for Near-Earth Orbits

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4 Author(s)
Fuschillo, Nicholas ; Melpar, Inc. Falls Church, Virginia ; Gibson, R. ; Eggleston, F.K. ; Epstein, J.

The theory, design, fabrication, and testing of flat plate thermoelectric generator panels for nearearth orbits are described. These panels are capable of producing 3 watts/ft2 and 15 watts/ pound when operating in a near-earth orbit. The potential advantages of these solar energy converters, as compared to photovoltaic cells, are discussed and include higher radiation resistance, improved watts/pound, and lower cost on a perwatt basis.

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Aerospace, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:AS-3 ,  Issue: 2 )