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Multifunctional UV CurableSol-Gel Organkic Hybrid Nanocomposite Encapsulation…

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Department of Energy
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2009 / SBIR
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Luminit, LLC
1850 W 205th Street Torrance, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Multifunctional UV CurableSol-Gel Organkic Hybrid Nanocomposite Encapsulation System
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85097
Award Amount: $750,000.00


Innovative approaches are being sought to develop cost-effective and improved encapsulation materials to protect photovoltaic cells/modules from water and oxygen, without the cost, weight, and complexity of current solutions. This project will develop a new multifunctional, UV-curable, SOl-gel-orgaNIC (SONIC) hybrid nanocomposite encapsulation system, which will have an excellent water/oxygen barrier and provide improved antireflection, superhydrophobic, ultra-violet (UV), and atomic oxygen (AO) resistant properties. In this approach, an encapsulant will be applied by direct deposition. The encapsulating process will be automated as a continuously-operating process for both rigid and flexible photovoltaic cells/modules, reducing overall cost by 50 percent. In Phase I, experimental demonstrations proved the feasibility of the SONIC concept by reacting the sol-gel glass with a polymer hybrid matrix. In Phase II, the SONIC process will be optimized, and the formulation will be scaled up for roll-to-roll mass production Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The proposed technology should enable low-cost, easily manufactured, and mass-producible water/oxygen protective barriers for both rigid and flexible photovoltaic cells/modules. The overall cost of manufacturing photovoltaic cells/modules would be reduced by 50 percent, compared to the double-glass vacuum laminating system currently used. Potentially, this development could increase the uses of solar cells, particularly for flexible thin-film solar cells that can be adapted to non-planar surfaces

Principal Investigator:

Kevin Yu

Business Contact:

Engin Arik
Small Business Information at Submission:

Luminit, Llc
20600 Gramercy Place Suite 203 Torrance, CA 90501

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