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High Performance, Low-Cost Nanostructured Mirror Surfaces

Award Information

Department of Energy
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
NanoSonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA 24136-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: High Performance, Low-Cost Nanostructured Mirror Surfaces
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84557
Award Amount: $750,000.00


Solar thermal energy conversion is currently the lowest-cost source for environmentally-friendly, renewable solar energy. However, to make this technology cost competitive with conventional power generation, capital investment must be reduced through increased component longevity or increased system efficiency. This project involves the further development of nanostructured, multilayer coating materials for improving the efficiency of solar thermal conversion, reducing its cost, and increasing the longevity of installed capacity. Phase I demonstrated not only feasibility but also significant progress for the construction of large area nanocomposite reflectors and the fabrication of flexible mirrors. Phase II will build on these gains to create greatly enhanced reflector/mirror products. The materials will be applied to large areas with closed or open geometries using environmentally benign techniques. This is in direct contrast with existing technologies for coating applications (for example, CVD and PVD), which require specialized chambers and nonambient conditions. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: State-of-the-art, flexible, lightweight, durable mirrors would be an enabling technology for widespread implementation of solar thermal energy as a distributed or remote energy source. In addition, the technology would enable the development of shaped-memory polymer mirrors for easy transport and installation, particularly in remote areas.

Principal Investigator:

Michelle Berg

Business Contact:

Lisa B. Lawson
Small Business Information at Submission:

Nanosonic, Inc.
1485 South Main Street Blacksburg, VA 24060

EIN/Tax ID: 541877635
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No