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Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes, 3rd Edition by Aldo V. da Rosa

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Chapter 7

AMTEC1

7.1 Operating Principle

AMTEC stands for Alkali Metal Thermal Electric Converter and is an example of a class of devices known as Concentration-Differential Cells. It’s operation is conceptually simple. It takes advantage of the special properties of image alumina, which is an excellent conductor of alkali metal ions but a bad conductor of electrons. In other words, it is an electrolyte. A slab of this material constitutes imagealumina solid electrolyte or BASE, a somewhat unfortunate acronym because it may suggest the “base” electrode of some ...

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