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Photonic Band Gap Structures for Solar Energy Generation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
96679
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB2-0045
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09-002
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Phoebus Optoelectronics LLC
419 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10003
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Photonic Band Gap Structures for Solar Energy Generation
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0074
Award Amount: $98,989.00
 

Abstract:

In Phase I, Phoebus Optoelectronics will assess the feasibility of using the diverse light management capabilities of plasmonic metamaterials in conjunction with functionalized ruthenium polypyridine compounds to create a novel multi-junction dye-sensitized solar cell that rivals the industry-leading efficiencies of vertically-stacked multi-junction cells but exhibits the much cheaper fabrication economics of single-junction thin film cells. The solar cells to be developed will use cavity modes within subwavelength periodic structures to create light "whirlpool" effects that steer and channel different wavelengths of an incident beam into different spatial areas of a single light-absorbing layer. This layer will be pixelated with periodically-arrayed cavities containing tailored ruthenium polypyridine complexes, the action spectra of which are tuned to absorb light of the wavelength that is steered toward those particular cavities. With such a design, it is possible to absorb >80% of an incoming beam across multiple regions of the solar spectrum within a single-layer device.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Crouse
Chief Technology Officer
8455197463
crousem238@gmail.com

Business Contact:

Thomas James
CEO
7037957218
Thomas.L.James@gmail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Phoebus Optoelectronics LLC
12 Desbrosses Street New York, NY 10013

EIN/Tax ID: 562451605
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No