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High Efficiency Solar Cell on Low Cost Metal Foil Substrate

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2004 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Brimrose Corporation of America
19 Loveton Circle Hunt Valley Loveton Center Sparks, MD 21152-9201
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: High Efficiency Solar Cell on Low Cost Metal Foil Substrate
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC04CA60C
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Future space missions will require Solar cell arrays having specific power ratings in excess of 1000 W/kg. Conventional crystalline photovoltaic technology comprised of epitaxial photovoltaic semiconductor materials grown on single crystal semiconductor substrates, cannot provide these specific ratings. We propose to synthesize nano-precursors of solar cell materials of uniform size by Solvo-thermal process. These nano-precursors will be deposited as nano-thin film on low cot and flexible metal foil substrate by Electrophoretic technique. Through subsequent , insitu annealing, thin films with grain size >50 microns will be produced. GaAs, Ge and InP will be investigated to determine which material can be deposited as high quality large grain thin film without contamination. The synthesized nano-precursors, electrphoretically deposited nano-thin film and large grain thin film produced after annealing will be fully characterized. A combination of crystalline thin film photovoltaic layers having an efficiency of just 25% fabricated on low cost, light weight flexible substrate such as a metal foil, would yield a specific power rating of >1200 W/kg. During Phase II multi-junction solar cell will be grown on the large grain thin film produced during Phase I on flexible/low cost metal foil substrate.

Principal Investigator:

Gomath V. Jagannathan
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Diane C. Murray
Business Official
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Brimrose Corporation of America
5024 Campbell Blvd., Suite E Baltimore, MD 21236

EIN/Tax ID: 521210230
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No