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Thermophotovoltaic power conversion generates electricity from a radiant heat source such as the sun or a combustible fuel. The heat source emits photons, which are absorbed by a photovoltaic cell and converted to electricity. The solar photovoltaic cells discussed above are a specific type of thermophotovoltaic that is optimized for operation under sunlight. When used with a combustible fuel, the advantages of thermophotovoltaics include portability, the absence of moving parts, compatibility with a variety of fuels, low-noise operation, and scalability to both small and large power applications.
Photonic crystals for Thermophotovoltaics
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