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High-Performance Radial AMTEC Cell Design for Ultra-High-Power Solar AMTEC Systems

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Terry J. Hendricks, Chendong Huang

Advanced Modular Power Systems, Inc., 4370 Varsity Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

J. Sol. Energy Eng 122(2), 49-55 (Mar 12, 2000) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1286219 History: Received March 25, 1999; Revised March 12, 2000
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Fully instrumented engineering prototype of a 15-watt radial AMTEC cell
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AMTEC conversion efficiency and BASE power density vs. AMTEC design parameters
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Advanced solar AMTEC power system
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Radial cell stack up in future ground test system (stack-up of cells shown in Fig. 1)

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