Nikolas Deffigos

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Fall 2021

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FURI | Fall 2020

Studying Solar Thermophotovoltaic Energy Conversion

Solar thermophotovoltaic (STPV) energy conversion is seen as a viable option for efficiently converting sunlight to electrical energy. A selective absorber-emitter absorbs the concentrated solar radiation and selectively releases infrared radiation toward the photovoltaic cell. This radiation is then absorbed by the cell and converted to usable electricity. This project seeks to study the efficiencies of multiple aspects of the STPV system by conducting testings with the current STPV setup for further understanding and improvements.


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Additional projects from this student

Developing a high-temperature heater for a thermophotovoltaic system will help create a more efficient energy conversion method for further study.


  • FURI
  • Spring 2020