Accession Number : AD0786935

Title :   Study of Solar-Energy Use in Marine Navigation Aids.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : REED RESEARCH INC WASHINGTON D C

Report Date : 31 OCT 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 127

Abstract : The report describes qualitatively three types of solar converters; thermocouple, photogalvanic cell and barrier layer photovoltaic cells. The performance characteristics of the photovoltaic converter when used to convert solar radiation directly to electrical energy, the theory of p-n junction, and different types of solar cells are described in detail. Empirical and analytical relationships are derived which present expected efficiencies of conversion as a function of temperature, solar insolance, and other factors. A discussion is also included describing the state-of-the-art and practical and theoretical limitations of a solar battery system. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Solar cells, *Navigational aids, *Marine transportation, Solar radiation, Thermocouples, Converters, Storage batteries, Reviews, Battery components, Costs, Fermi surfaces, Reliability(Electronics)

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE