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Microthermophotovoltaic (micro-TPV) systems are generators currently being extensively developed to convert radiation heat energy from hydrocarbon fuel combustion into useful electricity by using low band-gap photovoltaic cell for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Micro-TPV systems consist of a heat source (microcombustor), a thermal emitter (microcombustor surfaces), a dielectric/optical filter, and photovoltaic cells. The architecture of a micro-TPV system and its components are currently the focus of research aiming to improve the overall system architecture, efficiency, and performance for practical implementation in the MEMS industry.
Date of Conference: 3-4 Aug. 2010