Supervisor: Professor Andy Knox (University of Glasgow), Dr Michael Strain (University of Strathclyde)
Sponsoring company: Clydespace Ltd
PhD Student: Marcos Compadre
The primary purpose of this project is to attempt to integrate a photovoltaic panel with a thermoelectric generator and a radiative cooler and develop a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithm with associated power converter that can be programmed into an FPGA.
The system will demonstrate its potential use for space applications as a viable means of capturing and managing sufficient thermal and electrical energy at economic cost for satellite power and battery temperature conditioning.