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Low-Cost Multi-Junction Photovoltaic Cells

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
124454
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
H8.04
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Black Hills Nanosystems Corporation
908 E Watertown Street Rapid City, SD 57701-1349
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Low-Cost Multi-Junction Photovoltaic Cells
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CC47P
Award Amount: $124,943.00
 

Abstract:

The proposed SBIR project will provide a pathway to dramatically reduce the cost of multi-junction solar cells. The project leverages a TRL6 micropackaging process with ~100% yield for cell assembly. Cost savings are critical as space-qualified multi-junction cells render large panel applications prohibitive. The proposed project aims to develop a greatly-simplified manufacturing process that can be performed by most compound semiconductor foundries. Thus, cost savings can be derived from increased competition and scaling by leveraging low-cost high volume manufacturers for wireless components and LED lighting devices.The preliminary 3-subcell systems has>30% efficiency at 60C-100C. For higher efficiency, a 5-subcell system has>57% efficiency.For CPV applications, LCOE of the 3-subcell system at 630 suns is 20.96 cents/kWh (real)/27.20 cents/kWh (nominal).

Principal Investigator:

Gina H. Kim
President
6053413641
gkim@blackhillsnano.com

Business Contact:

Gina Kim
President
3235288488
gkim@blackhillsnano.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Black Hills Nanosystems
908 E Watertown Street Rapid City, SD 57701-1349

EIN/Tax ID: 510625487
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No