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High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaic Blankets

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
MicroLink Devices
6457 Howard Street Niles, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaic Blankets
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-11-M-0147
Award Amount: $100,000.00


ABSTRACT: MicroLink proposes a device that combines ultra-thin, high-efficiency, GaAs-based multijunction solar cells, made using our proprietary epitaxial lift-off (ELO) process, with a novel packaging approach that will result in high-efficiency, flexible photovoltaic blankets. MicroLink has developed a process that produces ultra-thin, flexible solar cells. In this project, these flexible solar cells will be incorporated into a flexible, polymeric solar sheet. The net result will be a sheet that has a high net solar conversion efficiency and that can be rolled or folded. BENEFIT: The ability to integrate highly flexible solar cells would provide a clear pathway towards the realization of a high efficiency solar blanket. Key areas of development to be accomplished in Phase I include interconnects, welding, and thin film packaging. The development efforts would lead to lightweight solar-powered battery charging units with widespread commercial potential in applications such as powering consumer electronics, sports, and camping.

Principal Investigator:

Noren Pan
(847) 588-3001

Business Contact:

Noren Pan
(847) 588-3001
Small Business Information at Submission:

MicroLink Devices
6457 Howard Street Niles, IL 60714

EIN/Tax ID: 043511752
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Dept of Materials Sci&Eng
410 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-
Contact: Mark Goorsky
Contact Phone: (310) 206-0267