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Light-Weight Solar Cells with High Specific Power and Conversion Efficiency

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-16-C-0136
Agency Tracking Number: N14A-003-0117
Amount: $749,996.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N14A-T003
Solicitation Number: 2014.0
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-02-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-02-15
Small Business Information
15 Presidential Way
Woburn, MA 01801
United States
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Jung Yoon
 (781) 935-1200
Business Contact
 Amanda Contardo
Phone: (781) 465-2610
Research Institution
 National Renewable Energy Laboratory
 Jennifer LaVigne
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
United States

 (303) 384-7578
 Nonprofit College or University

Agiltron in collaboration with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will develop a new class of high-efficiency and lightweight broadband inverted metamorphic multi-junction (IMM) solar cells for the uninterrupted flight missions of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The approach is closely coupled with Agiltrons extensive experience in high-transmittance broadband and wide-angle anti-reflective microstructures and NRELs significant progress in high efficiency IMM solar cells to push the cells conversion efficiency performance well beyond the current state-of-the-art. The novel solar cells will be transferred from thick, heavy, and stiff substrates to a thin, light and flexible support handle, thus meeting the NAVYs specific-power requirement. This novel solar cell technique has several unique advantages over conventional approaches, including high conversion efficiency, high specific power, wide incident angle acceptance, broad band operation, and high flexibility. The technical approach has been proven in Phase I through numerical analysis, simulations and experiments. The solar cell array module prototype will be designed, fabricated, characterized, and delivered to the Navy in Phase II.

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