Accession Number : ADD009730

Title :   ALBEDD Radiation Power Converter.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Lemley,Leo W

Report Date : 06 Jul 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : A heat-to-electricity converter, particularly adaptable for use by high-altitude platforms such as aerostats and space stations, for changing heat energy of radiation form the earth to electric power during day and/or night. The converter includes an array of heat-collector sources and radiator heat sinks interconnected by thermoelectric n- and p- doped material elements. The array is fabricated on thin films of plastic and may be mounted on a high-altitude platform. The collectors absorb infrared (IR) heat from the earth and conduct the heat to the thermoelectric elements. The elements convert the heat to electricity. The absorbed heat less the heat converted to electricity is emitted to space by the radiator heat sinks. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Thermoelectric power generation, *Converters, *Energy conversion, Heat sinks, Radiators(Heating and Cooling), Platforms, High altitude, Space systems, Aluminum, Plastics, Polyester plastics, Bismuth tellurides, Sheets, Inventions

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE