High-performance flat-panel solar thermoelectric generators with high thermal concentration.

  title={High-performance flat-panel solar thermoelectric generators with high thermal concentration.},
  author={Daniel Kr{\"a}mer and Bed Poudel and Hsien-Ping Feng and J. Caylor and Bo Yu and Xiao Yi Yan and Yi Ma and Xiaowei Wang and Dezhi Wang and Andrew Muto and Kenneth McEnaney and Matteo Chiesa and Zhifeng Ren and Gang Chen},
  journal={Nature materials},
  volume={10 7},
The conversion of sunlight into electricity has been dominated by photovoltaic and solar thermal power generation. Photovoltaic cells are deployed widely, mostly as flat panels, whereas solar thermal electricity generation relying on optical concentrators and mechanical heat engines is only seen in large-scale power plants. Here we demonstrate a promising flat-panel solar thermal to electric power conversion technology based on the Seebeck effect and high thermal concentration, thus enabling… CONTINUE READING
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