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Implementation of Manufacturing of an Organic Transparent Thin Film Conductor for Flexible Solar Cells

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00164-08-C-GS32
Agency Tracking Number: O053-MT3-4262
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-MT3
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-09-30
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
United States
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Silvia Luebben
 Senior Chemist
 (303) 940-2317
Business Contact
 John Wright
Title: Vice President
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Research Institution

The U.S. Department of Defense needs a new generation of photovolotaic (PV) arrays that are economic to make, flexible, rugged, and can be supported on a variety of substrates, including thin plastic sheets and fabrics. Transparent, highly conducting materials are needed to replace the brittle and expensive tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) used as the transparent electrode in most current PV cells and enable the fabrication of truly flexible solar cells and other electronic devices. During Phase I, TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) has developed a reproducible method to make conducting polymers that can be spin-coated from non-corrosive organic solutions on a variety of flexible substrates to produce highly transparent thin films of low surface resistance. During this SBIR Phase II project TDA will further optimizae the properties of its transparent conductor, streamline its manufacture, and assess its performance in organic photovoltaic (OPV) prototypes. If results are promising we will fabricate an OPV prototype entirely under ambient conditions.

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