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Wideband Holographic Solar Concentrator based on Substrate-guided Holograms

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Luminit, LLC
1850 W. 205th St. Torrance, CA 90501-1526
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Wideband Holographic Solar Concentrator based on Substrate-guided Holograms
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0077
Award Amount: $98,837.00


To address the DARPA need to collect solar energy in a system with minimal mass that can meet the electrical, physical, design life, and environmental requirements suitable for use on a solar HALE aircraft at relatively low cost, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new Wideband HOLOgraphic Solar COncentrator based on substrate-guided holograms and flexible off-the-shelf thin film Photovoltaic cells positioned on the Edge of the hologram (WHOLOSCOPE). This proposed thin film solar concentrator is based on flexible highly efficient multiplexed substrate-guided holograms (SGH) recorded for the wide band of solar light with a PV cell attached to the edge. The device will enhance solar energy conversion more than 300-fold and will withstand the temperature and pressure typically encountered by HALE aircraft. In Phase I Luminit will demonstrate the feasibility of WHOLOSCOPE by presenting a proof-of-concept laboratory system with output power of ~500 W/m^2 at the cell level. In Phase II Luminit plans to demonstrate a 0.5m^2 thin film solar concentrator capable of meeting all of the requirements (except design life goal) in a simulated environment.

Principal Investigator:

Fedor Dimov
Director, Holographic Systems

Business Contact:

Engin Arik
President and CEO
Small Business Information at Submission:

20600 Gramercy Place, Suite 203 Torrance, CA 90501

EIN/Tax ID: 203829605
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No