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Cost Effective Solar Array based on High Efficiency Thin-Film Technology

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2014 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Composite Technology Development, Inc.
2600 Campus Drive Suite D Lafayette, CO 80026-3359
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Cost Effective Solar Array based on High Efficiency Thin-Film Technology
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-14-M-0012
Award Amount: $149,969.00


ABSTRACT: This Phase I effort will involve the development of an ultra low cost, high specific power, modular and flexible solar array module using currently available thin-film solar cells, innovative interconnects, and flexible encapsulation. The high efficiency thin-film solar cells will enable high specific power and flexibility in the module. The interconnect scheme and encapsulation will allow low cost cell integration and can be easily adapted to different size panels. The resulting technology will be lighter and less expensive than state-of-the-art (SOA) nanosatellite solar arrays, and will be easily reconfigured for larger spacecraft arrays, UAVs or other platforms. CTD will work closely with our university partner, the University of Colorado"s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), to design, build, and test a proof-of-concept prototype during Phase I. The goal of Phase II will be to obtain flight heritage by flying a demonstration module on an upcoming LASP mission. BENEFIT: This new thin-film flexible module will provide higher specific power to nanosatellites at a lower cost. Both improvements are needed to provide the power for additional capabilities that are continuously being developed. Reduced weight and lower cost solar arrays will be beneficial to all sizes of spacecraft, including the largest that will require 30kW of power or more.

Principal Investigator:

Robert Taylor
VP of Tehcnology
(303) 664-0394

Business Contact:

Lori Bass
VP of Finance
(303) 664-0394
Small Business Information at Submission:

Composite Technology Development, Inc.
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D Lafayette, CO -

EIN/Tax ID: 841086947
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Colorado Boulder
1234 Innovation Drive
Boulder, CO 80303-7814
Contact: Pete Withnell
Contact Phone: (303) 492-1326