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  1. #1 Solar Furnace & the Seebeck Effect 
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    newbie here.

    I'm curious about whether or not it would be possible to engineer a system using a Solar Furnace and the Seebeck Effect to generate electricity and if so, what equations would be necessary for calculating the electricity generated by a solar furnace with an x-sized lens.


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    Just to elaborate, the Seebeck effect is often used to generate a milliwat of electricity. What I would like to do, is etch a vast circuit or "thermopile" which would contain millions of junctures. On top of this, I would affix a transparent plate "microdimpled" above the junctures to focus light from the sun. Given the appropriate laser technology for etching the device, the theory is that we could get the sum of all junctions and that the same laser techniques for developing transistors & such... anyways we could fit thousands of these junctures on the head of a pin... and make this large enough to produce larger voltage.

    Comparison to new solar power panel located at http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?s...132138C184427#
    http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/tf...ystalline.html
    http://www.nrel.gov/ncpv/thin_film/p...iselenide.html
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...de&btnG=Search

    would be very helpful if possible.

    Basics of Seebeck Effect

    http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_1/chpt_9/5.html


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