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Double opposite-end tubesheet design for a thermovoltaic energy converter

United States Patent

6,051,777
April 18, 2000
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A method and apparatus for the direct conversion of energy by thermovoltaic energy conversion having first and second tubesheets, at least one photon emitter plate secured to and extending from the first tubesheet, at least one cold plate secured to and extending from the second tubesheet, a plurality of thermovoltaic cells disposed along oppositely disposed exterior surfaces of the cold plate, and means cooperating with the tubesheet for maintaining a vacuum between the photon emitter plate and the cold plate.
Ashcroft; John M. (Scotia, NY), Campbell; Brian C. (Scotia, NY), Depoy; David M. (Clifton Park, NY)
The United States of America as represented by the United States (Washington, DC)
08/ 873,296
June 11, 1997
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-AC1276SN00052 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government may have certain rights in this invention.