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Inorganic Radiation Resistant Solar Cell Coverglass Adhesives

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
86702
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-095-0717
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
APPLIED THIN FILMS, INC.
8261 Elmwood Dr Skokie, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Inorganic Radiation Resistant Solar Cell Coverglass Adhesives
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-08-M-0011
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

The USAF is seeking to replace UV-susceptible adhesive that bonds the solar cell to a cover glass for enhancing conversion efficiency and to improve durability. Adhesives used for space solar modules need to meet many critical requirements including adhesion strength, optical transparency, thermal stability, and resistance against a broad range of radiation present in space environments including UV. In addition, system compatibility requirements need to be met with regards to optical matching with adjacent layers. With these critical requirements, the choices are limited and the technical challenges to be met for processing and performance at affordable costs are significant. This Phase I effort will explore an entirely new adhesive concept based on an extremely thin, highly transparent, inorganic adhesive that looks promising to meet many of the requirements. The material exhibits excellent thermal and chemical stability/inertness which is essential for this application while offering an easy to apply and rapid processing method for transitioning the technology to production. Phase I will be conducted in close collaboration with an industrial partner engaged in developing and manufacturing solar modules for space and other applications. Phase I work plan will include development of adhesive and testing of primary property requirements.

Principal Investigator:

Benjamin Mangrich
Materials Engineer
8472876292
bmangrich@atfinet.com

Business Contact:

Sankar Sambasivan
President & CEO
8472876291
sankar@atfinet.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

APPLIED THIN FILMS, INC.
1801 Maple Ave. Suite 5316 Evanston, IL 60201

EIN/Tax ID: 364202347
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No