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SOL-GEL GLASS PRISMATIC COVER FOR A PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
15629
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
15629
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ENTECH, Inc.
1077 Chisolm Trail Keller, TX 76248 7000
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: SOL-GEL GLASS PRISMATIC COVER FOR A PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,937.00
 

Abstract:

OVER THE PAST 6 YEARS, ENTECH HAS DEVELOPED A UNIQUE PRISMATIC COVER FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS. THE NEW CAST SILICONE COVER OPTICALLY ELIMINATES THE USUAL SHADOWING LOSS CAUSED BY METAL GRIDLINES ON THE ILLUMINATED CELL SURFACE, THEREBY BOOSTING CELL PERFORMANCE TO PREVIOUSLY UNATTAINABLE LEVELS. THE NEW COVER HAS BEEN USED TO SET TEN WORLD RECORDS FOR CELL PERFORMANCE, INCLUDING 31% IN NASA-LEWIS TESTING FOR A MULTI-JUNCTION SPACE CELL. HOWEVER, THE SILICONE MATERIAL HAS SERIOUS DRAWBACKS IN SPACE, INCLUDING UV-INDUCED DARKENING AND OXYGEN EROSION IN LOW EARTH ORBIT. OVER THE PAST 6 YEARS, GELTECH HAS DEVELOPED A UNIQUE SOL-GEL CASTING PROCESS FOR MAKING HIGH-QUALITY OPTICAL GLASS PRODUCTS. GELTECH IS THE ONLY COMPANY IN THE WORLD THAT IS SUCCESSFULLY MAKING AND SELLING SOL-GEL GLASS LENSES. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO MARRY ENTECH'S PRISMATIC COVER TECHNOLOGY WITH GELTECH'S SOL-GEL CASTING PROCESS TO FORM AN EFFICIENT STABLE RELIABLE ALL-GLASS PRISMATIC SOLAR CELL COVER.

Principal Investigator:

Mark J O'neill
Principal Investigator
2144560900

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Entech Inc
Po Box 612246 Dfw Airport, TX 75261

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