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Scaleable Evaporative Source Development for Multi-meter Wide Roll-to-Roll…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
78378
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O053-MT3-4406
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Itn Energy Systems, Inc.
8130 Shaffer Parkway Littleton, CO 80127-4107
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Scaleable Evaporative Source Development for Multi-meter Wide Roll-to-Roll Flexible CIGS Photovoltaic Manufacturing
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00164-06-C-6038
Award Amount: $99,994.00
 

Abstract:

Flexible, polycrystalline thin-film copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS) photovoltaics are receiving significant interest by the DoD due to their flexible nature, record efficiency, high specific power, low stowage volume, high stability in a space or airship environment, low-cost roll-to-roll deposition, and the ability to monolithically integrate for reduced integration cost and weight. Current manufacturing is limited to 15 cm and 30 cm wide widths due to challenges with the multisource evaporation process step. ITN and the Colorado School of Mines previously identified issues with evaporative sources and that modeling and experimentation led to a dramatic improvement in yield and device efficiency. In order to increase our plant capacity, our team will apply our multisource evaporation knowledge and our vast modeling experience to develop a scaleable evaporative source that can deposit CIGS onto `standard' webs in excess of one meter wide. In Phase 1, our team will utilize source modeling and specific experimental validation to identify the issues and potential solutions to expanding evaporation sources to accommodate multi-meter web widths. In Phase 2, we will optimize models, fabricate, and test wide evaporation sources in order to evaluate the applicability of this technology to our CIGS manufacturing process for space and near-space applications.

Principal Investigator:

Garth Jensen
Senior Scientist, Advanced PV
3032855198
gjensen@itnes.com

Business Contact:

Janet Casteel
Contracts
3032855111
jcasteel@itnes.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ITN ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC.
8130 Shaffer Pkwy Littleton, CO 80127

EIN/Tax ID: 841582609
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No