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Thin Film PV UltraFlex Solar Array System

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
AEC-Able Engineering Company, Inc.
7200 Hollister Avenue Goleta, CA 93117 0280
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Thin Film PV UltraFlex Solar Array System
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $69,977.00


Thin film photovoltaics (PV) solar array systems offer significant mass and cost saving benefits for current and future space-flight missions. Much progress has been made in the development of thin film CIGS and amorphous silicon PV devices, however their integration into a solar array system has lagged. As these PV devices have evolved, ABLE has spent a significant amount of effort in developing many ultra?lightweight solar array systems that can take advantage of the lightweight PV devices. One of these systems is ABLE┬┐s UltraFlex solar array which forms the basis of this proposed effort. Recent internal studies have indicated that an UltraFlex solar array system populated with 10% efficient thin film PV represents a near term solution that can demonstrate state-of-the-art performance in terms of array mass (>300 w/kg BOL, >600 w/kg with 20% efficient devices), cost (order of magnitude reduction) and stowed volume (<20% of a conventional planar array). The objective of this proposed Phase 1 proposal is to integrate thin film PV to the proven UltraFlex structure in an effort to demonstrate these outstanding performance values.

Principal Investigator:

Brian Spence
Program Manager

Business Contact:

Alex Roberts
General Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

AEC-Able Engineering Company, Inc.
7200 Hollister Ave Goleta, CA 93117

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No