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   Svetlana V. Boriskina, PhD                 

 

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  Mechanical Engineering Department

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


 


 

 

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Last updated: 01 Feb 2017



 

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Energy generation from heat with a solar cell built backwards

Solar cells absorb incoming sunlight and convert a part of photon energy into electricity. The remainder of photon energy is dissipated as heat. Although the idea is rather counter-intuitive, 'reverse solar cell' systems can also generate electric power by emitting rather than absorbing photons. Such systems - known as thermoradiative cells - generate voltage and electric power via non-equilibrium thermal radiation of infrared photons. Thermoradiative cells offer an opportunity to generate clean energy by harvesting radiation from largely untapped terrestrial thermal emission sources, potentially including the Earth itself.

Scientific Reports Article: "Entropic and Near-Field Improvements of Thermoradiative Cells"