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Solar cell model for electron transport in photosynthesis

Solar cell model for electron transport in photosynthesis
Solar cell model for electron transport in photosynthesis
We show in this paper that the primary photosynthetic reaction resembles closely the operation of the solarcell. It is found, in particular, that the reaction rate can be written in a form similar to the Shockley solar cell equation. The reaction produces both chemical and electrical energy and the way this energy is divided into these two components makes it possible to optimise the amount of power produced in other words, the photosynthetic organism can track the maximum power point. An estimate is also given of the maximum energy that can be produced, and of the different losses that limit this amount.
1348-1351
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Markvart, T.
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Landsberg, P.T.
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Markvart, T.
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Landsberg, P.T.
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Markvart, T. and Landsberg, P.T. (2002) Solar cell model for electron transport in photosynthesis. In Proceedings of the 29th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. pp. 1348-1351 .

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Abstract

We show in this paper that the primary photosynthetic reaction resembles closely the operation of the solarcell. It is found, in particular, that the reaction rate can be written in a form similar to the Shockley solar cell equation. The reaction produces both chemical and electrical energy and the way this energy is divided into these two components makes it possible to optimise the amount of power produced in other words, the photosynthetic organism can track the maximum power point. An estimate is also given of the maximum energy that can be produced, and of the different losses that limit this amount.

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Published date: 2002
Venue - Dates: 29th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 2002-01-01

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Local EPrints ID: 22212
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/22212
PURE UUID: abe863fe-eb5f-45ed-ac0e-2e45fda094e4

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Date deposited: 02 Jun 2006
Last modified: 29 Apr 2021 16:31

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Author: T. Markvart
Author: P.T. Landsberg

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