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Electricity generation using electromagnetic radiation

United States Patent

August 22, 2017
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In general, in one aspect, the invention relates to a system to create vapor for generating electric power. The system includes a vessel comprising a fluid and a complex and a turbine. The vessel of the system is configured to concentrate EM radiation received from an EM radiation source. The vessel of the system is further configured to apply the EM radiation to the complex, where the complex absorbs the EM radiation to generate heat. The vessel of the system is also configured to transform, using the heat generated by the complex, the fluid to vapor. The vessel of the system is further configured to sending the vapor to a turbine. The turbine of the system is configured to receive, from the vessel, the vapor used to generate the electric power.
Halas; Nancy J. (Houston, TX), Nordlander; Peter (Houston, TX), Neumann; Oara (Neve Yarak, IL)
William Marsh Rice University (Houston, TX)
13/ 514,762
December 15, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The invention was made with government support under grant number AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.