Experimental characterization of a high efficiency AMTEC cell

Michael Schuller, Elinor Reiners, Robert LeMire

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The Phillips Laboratory Power and Thermal Management Division (PL/VTP), in conjunction with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and supported by ORION International Technologies, is investigating the use of high efficiency Alkali Metal Thermal to Electric Conversion (AMTEC) systems for space flight applications. Advanced Modular Power Systems (AMPS) has fabricated six cells for the program so far. The first four cells went to JPL for testing. Phillips Laboratory (PL) has received two cells. The first Phillips Laboratory cell, known as Pluto 5, is being performance tested in vacuum. We expect to demonstrate 10% efficiency with this cell. Key issues we are investigating include thermal coupling of the heater to the cell, performance of the high temperature feedthrough, and thermal coupling of the cell to the heat sink.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-509
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1994
EventProceedings of the 1994 29th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference. Part 4 (of 4) - Monterey, CA, USA
Duration: 7 Aug 199411 Aug 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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