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Perovskite Solar Cells

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-16-C-0222
Agency Tracking Number: N16A-006-0069
Amount: $79,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N16A-T006
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-05-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-12-30
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street
Watertown, MA 02472
United States
DUNS: 073804411
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Squillante, PhD
 (617) 668-6808
Business Contact
 Joanne Gladstone
Phone: (617) 668-6845
Research Institution
 Los Alamos National Laboratory
 Aditya Mohite
PO Box 1663 MS G 771
Los Alamos, NM 87545
United States

 (505) 665-2246
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

The goal of the proposed research is to develop light-weight, flexible, high efficiency solar cells made from perovskite halide light-harvesting materials for use on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), for use in conjunction with an energy storage system. Solar cells have historically been heavy, costly, and inflexible. In this research, low-cost manufacturing methods will be used to make high efficiency (~20%) solar cells that are extremely lightweight. To achieve these goals, we turn to the perovskite halide solar cell materials, which have shown remarkable progress in the past six years as solution processable, low-cost solar cell materials that nonetheless exhibit high efficiencies. Among existing solar cell technologies, the perovskite halides present one of the most promising technologies for achieving efficiencies in excess of 20% at suitable costs and in a lightweight form factor because they are grown in thin film form, minimizing the material. In this proposal, we will explore two different methods of growing perovskite halide based solar cells: hot-casting of solutions, and physical vapor deposition. The approaches will be evaluated based on the efficiency of the resultant cell, the scalability of the manufacturing process, flexibility and the cost. An accompanying energy storage system will also be designed

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