Flexible Radiation-Resistant Coatings for Space Solar Cells
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DOD / USAF
The recent development of high-efficiency photovoltaic cells that are thin enough to be rolled up has the potential to revolutionize power sources for satellites. For this potential to be realized, similarly flexible materials which serve the protective and efficiency-enhancing functions of the solar cell stack (radiation protection, thermal management, discharge protection, and anti-reflection) must be developed. Infoscitex proposes to develop a thin, flexible version of a material with high transmittance previously shown to be stable under high-energy electron and gamma ray exposure. The novel material has outstanding thermal stability, a low coefficient of thermal expansion, and near-zero outgassing. BENEFIT: A thin, flexible coating that will protect IMM solar cells from the space environment.
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