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High Efficiency Stretchable (Highly Conformable) Photovoltaics for…

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
MC10 Inc.
19 Camp Street Cambridge, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: High Efficiency Stretchable (Highly Conformable) Photovoltaics for Expeditionary Forces
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0299
Award Amount: $70,000.00


This Phase I effort will establish photovoltaic materials, device designs, and processing approaches for modules that offer high efficiency (>12%) and can be flexed, stretched, twisted, and deformed (to strains of >50%) in ways that enable conformable wrapping of complex, curvilinear shapes. This new class of technology will create application opportunities for photovoltaics ranging from systems that intimately integrate with the curved surfaces of structural components of aircrafts, boats, and land vehicles, to those that can mount on the surfaces of garments, personal accessories, or the human body itself. Among the designs that will be explored, those that combine thin, monocrystalline microcells interconnected by non-coplanar mesh structures and supported by thin elastomeric substrates appear most promising. To establish feasibility, Phase I will culminate with the fabrication and test of structures with this design to position the program for successful construction of working prototypes in Phase II and, ultimately, modules for integration into expeditionary force equipment platforms in Phase III.

Principal Investigator:

John A. Rogers
Prof. Materials Science

Business Contact:

Roozbeh Ghaffari
Senior Scientist
Small Business Information at Submission:

MC10 Inc.
950 Winter St, Suite 4600 Waltham, MA 02451

EIN/Tax ID: 262674790
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Illinois Urbana Champ
Beckman Institute, Room 3355
405 N. Matthews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Contact: John A. Rogers
Contact Phone: (217) 244-4979
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university