Accession Number : ADD000763

Title :   Photo-Regenerative Electrochemical Energy Converter.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Theodorou,Ignatius E ; Payne,Richard

Report Date : 22 Apr 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : The patent describes a photoelectrochemical device for converting incident radiation energy to electrical energy through the use of a photochemically reversible galvanic cell. Basically, the device is constructed of a sealed transparent container into which is placed a chemically inert anode coated with a photo-responsive material and a chemically inert cathode. A compatible electrolytic solution is also disposed within the container and provides a conductivity path across the electrodes to complete the electrochemical circuit. Decomposition of the photo-responsive material is induced by incident radiation passing through the transparent container. The products of the photo reaction recombine electrochemically by passing an electric current through a resistance load connected externally to the anode and the cathode.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Electric batteries, Electrolytes, Photovoltaic effect, Electrolytic cells

Subject Categories : Electrochemical Energy Storage
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE