Unified optimization criterion for energy converters.


We propose a unified optimization criterion for energy converters. It represents the best compromise between energy benefits and losses for a specific job and neither an explicit evaluation of entropies nor the consideration of environmental parameters are required. For all considered systems the criterion predicts a performance regime laying between those of maximum efficiency and maximum useful energy. Such regime has been invoked as optimum not only in macroscopic heat engines but also in some molecular motors.

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@article{Hernndez2001UnifiedOC, title={Unified optimization criterion for energy converters.}, author={Antonio Calvo Hern{\'a}ndez and Aline Medina and Jos{\'e} Miguel M. Roco and Justin A White and Santiago Velasco}, journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics}, year={2001}, volume={63 3 Pt 2}, pages={037102} }