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Use of photovoltaics for waste heat recovery

United States Patent

April 16, 2013
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A device for recovering waste heat in the form of radiated light, e.g. red visible light and/or infrared light includes a housing having a viewing window, and a photovoltaic cell mounted in the housing in a relationship to the viewing window, wherein rays of radiated light pass through the viewing window and impinge on surface of the photovoltaic cell. The housing and/or the cell are cooled so that the device can be used with a furnace for an industrial process, e.g. mounting the device with a view of the interior of the heating chamber of a glass making furnace. In this manner, the rays of the radiated light generated during the melting of glass batch materials in the heating chamber pass through the viewing window and impinge on the surface of the photovoltaic cells to generate electric current which is passed onto an electric load.
Polcyn; Adam D. (Pittsburgh, PA)
PPG Industries Ohio, Inc. (Cleveland, OH)
12/ 031,303
February 14, 2008
NOTICE OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-FC36-04GO14044 awarded by the Department of Energy. The United States government may have certain rights in this invention.