Solar energy converter using a solar cell in a shallow liquid-gel layer

  • US 7,244,888 B1
  • Filed: 04/11/2003
  • Issued: 07/17/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/22/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A solar energy converter comprising:

  • a thin panel enclosure having a two-dimensional flat base, short side walls, and a transparent lid separated from the flat base by the short side walls, the short side walls enclosing an interior cavity having a depth substantially smaller than either of the two-dimensional base dimensions;

    at least one solar cell contained within the thin panel enclosure and having a front surface and back surface; and

    a thin layer of gel contained within the thin panel enclosure and enclosing the at least one solar cell, the gel thin layer comprising a front surface gel thin layer wetting the front surface and a back surface gel thin layer wetting the back surface of the at least one solar cell, wherein thickness of the front surface gel thin layer is selected relative to thickness of the back surface gel thin layer for optimum output power of the at least one solar cell.

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