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Solar to Electrical Conversion via Liquid Crystal Elastomers
Journal of Applied Physics
  • T. Hiscock
  • M. Warner
  • Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Kent State University - Kent Campus
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  • nematic elastomers
We have constructed a hypothetical charge pump which converts solar energy into DC electricity. The output is generated by cyclic changes in the capacitance of a circuit, which transfers charge from a low to a high voltage. The electric field across the capacitor must be of the order of 10(8)Vm(-1) to compete with efficiencies of photovoltaics. We have modeled the output using a liquid crystal elastomer as the working substance. Efficiencies of 1 - 4% are obtained, and are enhanced by careful choices in the capacitor geometries and the operating voltages of the charge pump. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi: 10.1063/1.3581134]

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T. Hiscock, M. Warner and Peter Palffy-Muhoray. "Solar to Electrical Conversion via Liquid Crystal Elastomers" Journal of Applied Physics Vol. 109 Iss. 10 (2011)
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