Thermophotovoltaic energy conversion in submarine nuclear power plants
Howard, John N.
Weatherford, Todd R.
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v ABSTRACT Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells allow for the direct conversion of infrared (IR) radiation to electricity, similar to when traditional solar cells are exposed to visible light. The objective of this thesis is the development of a computer model of a multijunction TPV cell designed to absorb IR radiation from the primary fluid system of a naval nuclear reactor. This model is then used to determine the feasibility of using this TPV system as a supplemental source of electrical power on a next-generation nuclear submarine. The results of this simulation indicate that the design concept presented in this thesis is a viable option and warrants further consideration and research.
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