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STTR Phase I: Low Cost, High Efficiency Photovoltaics

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
98733
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
1010198
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
ME
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ampulse Corporation
1767-A Denver West Blvd. Golden, CO 80401-3194
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: STTR Phase I: Low Cost, High Efficiency Photovoltaics
Agency: NSF
Contract: 1010198
Award Amount: $149,938.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project aims to develop roll-to-roll processing of highly efficient, thin film photovoltaics on inexpensive polycrystalline substrates. The innovation lies in an architecture that yields near-single-crystalline thin films even on polycrystalline substrates. This innovation will be combined with the benefits of hot wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) for Si film deposition. A key objective of this project is to demonstrate a high-rate HWCVD process for epitaxial Si layer on single-crystalline-like templates to fabricate high-efficiency solar cells on metal substrates. A strong emphasis will be placed on minimizing sources of defects and developing a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of these parameters on structural, electronic and photovoltaic properties of epitaxial thin film heterostructures. The broader/commercial impact of this project will be the potential to provide a viable solution that enables high efficiency and low manufacturing cost without using scarce materials in Photovoltaics devices. In addition to commercial potential, a strong understanding of the mechanisms of epitaxial growth, grain boundaries, and defect generation and propagation is expected to be derived from this work.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas R. Fanning
PhD
3033766319
tom@ampulse.com

Business Contact:

Thomas R. Fanning
PhD
3033766319
tom@ampulse.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ampulse Corporation
1767-A Denver West Blvd. Golden, CO 80401

EIN/Tax ID: 260534131
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77004
Contact: Thomas Fanning
Contact Phone: 3033766319