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Novel Use of Gas Jet Plasma to Prepare Amorphous Silicon Alloy

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
34711
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
34711
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ENERGY CONVERSION DEVICES, INC.
1675 W. Maple Rd. Troy, MI 48084
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Novel Use of Gas Jet Plasma to Prepare Amorphous Silicon Alloy
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-96ER82162
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

41405 November 20, 1996 Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. This project will investigate the feasibility of using a gas jet plasma technique to produce silicon films for solar cells. The technique has been used to prepare high quality silicon films at rates 20 times faster than those typically used for preparing silicon film solar cells. With these faster rates and the associated higher gas utilization, application of this technique to an existing roll-to-roll solar cell production process would lead to significant cost savings. Furthermore, indications are that the high electron temperatures associated with this technique produce materials with different microstructures which are less susceptible to degradation. Phase I will produce and characterize materials prepared using this new technique, fabricate solar cells to demonstrate the advantages of using this technology, and demonstrate that solar cell production costs can be lowered by utilizing this technology. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The production of solar cells with higher stable efficiencies at lower production costs is anticipated. As a result, photovoltaic modules would be used more widely, reducing the dependency on fossil fuel driven energy.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Scott Jones
Research Scientist
8102801900

Business Contact:

Ms. Nancy M. Bacon
Senior Vice President
8102801900
Small Business Information at Submission:

Energy Conversion Devices, Inc
1675 West Maple Road Troy, MI 48084

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No