Harvesting renewable energy from Earth's mid-infrared emissions

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/598447
Title:
Harvesting renewable energy from Earth's mid-infrared emissions
Authors:
Byrnes, S. J.; Blanchard, R.; Capasso, F.
Abstract:
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space. We calculate the thermodynamic limit for the amount of power available, and as a case study, we plot how this limit varies daily and seasonally in a location in Oklahoma. We discuss two possible ways to make such an emissive energy harvester (EEH): A thermal EEH (analogous to solar thermal power generation) and an optoelectronic EEH (analogous to photovoltaic power generation). For the latter, we propose using an infrared-frequency rectifying antenna, and we discuss its operating principles, efficiency limits, system design considerations, and possible technological implementations.
Citation:
Byrnes SJ, Blanchard R, Capasso F (2014) Harvesting renewable energy from Earth’s mid-infrared emissions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 3927–3932. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1402036111.
Publisher:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Journal:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
KAUST Grant Number:
CRG-1-2012-FRA-005-HAR
Issue Date:
3-Mar-2014
DOI:
10.1073/pnas.1402036111
PubMed ID:
24591604
PubMed Central ID:
PMC3964088
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0027-8424; 1091-6490
Sponsors:
We thank John Dykema and Roger O’Brient for helpful discussions. The authors acknowledge support from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Award CRG-1-2012-FRA-005-HAR).
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dc.contributor.authorByrnes, S. J.en
dc.contributor.authorBlanchard, R.en
dc.contributor.authorCapasso, F.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-25T13:20:52Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-25T13:20:52Zen
dc.date.issued2014-03-03en
dc.identifier.citationByrnes SJ, Blanchard R, Capasso F (2014) Harvesting renewable energy from Earth’s mid-infrared emissions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 3927–3932. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1402036111.en
dc.identifier.issn0027-8424en
dc.identifier.issn1091-6490en
dc.identifier.pmid24591604en
dc.identifier.doi10.1073/pnas.1402036111en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/598447en
dc.description.abstractIt is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space. We calculate the thermodynamic limit for the amount of power available, and as a case study, we plot how this limit varies daily and seasonally in a location in Oklahoma. We discuss two possible ways to make such an emissive energy harvester (EEH): A thermal EEH (analogous to solar thermal power generation) and an optoelectronic EEH (analogous to photovoltaic power generation). For the latter, we propose using an infrared-frequency rectifying antenna, and we discuss its operating principles, efficiency limits, system design considerations, and possible technological implementations.en
dc.description.sponsorshipWe thank John Dykema and Roger O’Brient for helpful discussions. The authors acknowledge support from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Award CRG-1-2012-FRA-005-HAR).en
dc.publisherProceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesen
dc.subjectRectennaen
dc.subjectLong-wave Infrareden
dc.subject.meshInfrared Raysen
dc.subject.meshEarth (Planet)en
dc.subject.meshModels, Theoreticalen
dc.subject.meshRenewable Energyen
dc.titleHarvesting renewable energy from Earth's mid-infrared emissionsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesen
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC3964088en
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.en
kaust.grant.numberCRG-1-2012-FRA-005-HARen
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