9 episodes

This course introduces principles and technologies for converting heat into electricity via solid-state devices. The first part of the course discusses thermoelectric energy conversion and thermoelectric materials, thermionic energy conversion, and photovoltaics. The second part of the course discusses solar thermal technologies. Various solar heat collection systems will be reviewed, followed by an introduction to the principles of solar thermophotovoltaics and solar thermoelectrics. Spectral control techniques, which are critical for solar thermal systems, will be discussed.

Direct Solar/Thermal to Electrical Energy Conversion Technologies, Fall 2009 MIT

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This course introduces principles and technologies for converting heat into electricity via solid-state devices. The first part of the course discusses thermoelectric energy conversion and thermoelectric materials, thermionic energy conversion, and photovoltaics. The second part of the course discusses solar thermal technologies. Various solar heat collection systems will be reviewed, followed by an introduction to the principles of solar thermophotovoltaics and solar thermoelectrics. Spectral control techniques, which are critical for solar thermal systems, will be discussed.

    Lecture 1: Introduction

    Lecture 1: Introduction

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Lecture 2: Thermoelectric effect and thermoelectric devices

    Lecture 2: Thermoelectric effect and thermoelectric devices

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Lecture 3: Energy states in matter

    Lecture 3: Energy states in matter

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Lecture 4: Kinetic formulation of thermoelectricity

    Lecture 4: Kinetic formulation of thermoelectricity

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Lecture 5: Current research on thermoelectric materials

    Lecture 5: Current research on thermoelectric materials

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Lecture 6: Thermionic power conversion

    Lecture 6: Thermionic power conversion

    • 1 hr 28 min

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