Methods, systems and apparatus for a solar cell integrating photovoltaic and thermoelectric cell elements to form a hybrid solar cell. The cell has increased efficiency and longevity by combining operations of the photovoltaic and thermoelectric elements in at least three different modes of operation to increase electrical output per unit of panel area and to increase cell life, improve performance, and provide operational benefits under different environmental conditions.
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Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
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Hickman, Nicoleta and Reedy, Robert, "Hybrid Solar Cell Integrating Photovoltaic and Thermoelectric Cell Elements for High Efficiency and Longevity." (2013). UCF Patents. 250.