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High Voltage, Lightweight, Conformal, Integrated, Photovoltaic Modules for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0180
Agency Tracking Number: N10B-048-0006
Amount: $749,212.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N10B-T048
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-03-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-08-31
Small Business Information
19 Camp Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Carbeck
 Chief Technology Officer
 (617) 234-4448
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Carbeck
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (617) 234-4448
Research Institution
 University of Illinois at Urbana-Ch
 Prof. John Rogers
Beckman Institute Rm. 3355 405 N. Matthews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
United States

 (217) 244-4979
 Nonprofit College or University

This Phase II effort will establish stretchable photovoltaic modules that achieve the key metrics of the program: modules with efficiencies > 10%, that sustain elastic deformations > 10% (with little or no loss in performance), and that produce output voltages > 25 V. In this Phase II effort will we demonstrate functional modules deployed on the airfoil of micro unmanned aerial vehicles (MAVs). To do so, we combine multi-junction and multi-stacked solar microcells with non-coplanar mesh of metal interconnects supported by thin elastomeric substrates to achieve high density, conformal arrays of solar microcells optimized for specific power output. Phase II will culminate with the field testing of working prototypes of solar modules to position the program for successful integration of modules into MAV platforms in Phase III.

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