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Wide Bandgap Nanostructured Space Photovoltaics

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95666
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
090050
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
T3
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Firefly Technologies
2082 Hackberry Lane Shakopee, MN 55379-4622
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Wide Bandgap Nanostructured Space Photovoltaics
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10RA87P
Award Amount: $99,975.00
 

Abstract:

Firefly, in collaboration with Rochester Institute of Technology, proposes an STTR program for the development of a wide-bandgap GaP-based space solar cell capable of efficient operation at temperatures above 300oC. Efficiency enhancement will be achieved by the introduction of InGaP quantum wells within the active region of the wide-gap base material. The introduction of these nanoscale features will enable harvesting of low-energy photons that are normally lost by transmission through the wide bandgap material. Successful completion of the proposed work will combine the high-temperature, radiation-tolerant wide-bandgap material with current-enhancing nanostructures to produce a high efficiency space solar cell capable of operating at higher temperatures suitable for near-sun missions. This achievement can result in significant cost savings as active cooling of PV systems would be unnecessary with this technology.

Principal Investigator:

David V. Forbes
Principal Investigator
6086980935
dvfsps@rit.edu

Business Contact:

Michael P. Nesnidal
Chief Technical Officer
6086980935
Small Business Information at Submission:

Firefly Technologies
2082 Hackberry Lane Shakopee, MN 55379

EIN/Tax ID: 476726493
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Rochester Institute of Technology
One Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Contact Phone: 5854752480