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Cost Effective Solar Array based on High Efficiency Thin-Film Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-14-M-0012
Agency Tracking Number: F13A-T06-0111
Amount: $149,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF13-AT06
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-12-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-09-04
Small Business Information
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D
Lafayette, CO -
United States
DUNS: 161234687
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Taylor
 VP of Tehcnology
 (303) 664-0394
Business Contact
 Lori Bass
Title: VP of Finance
Phone: (303) 664-0394
Research Institution
 University of Colorado Boulder
 Pete Withnell
LASP 1234 Innovation Drive
Boulder, CO 80303-7814
United States

 (303) 492-1326
 Nonprofit College or University

ABSTRACT: This Phase I effort will involve the development of an ultra low cost, high specific power, modular and flexible solar array module using currently available thin-film solar cells, innovative interconnects, and flexible encapsulation. The high efficiency thin-film solar cells will enable high specific power and flexibility in the module. The interconnect scheme and encapsulation will allow low cost cell integration and can be easily adapted to different size panels. The resulting technology will be lighter and less expensive than state-of-the-art (SOA) nanosatellite solar arrays, and will be easily reconfigured for larger spacecraft arrays, UAVs or other platforms. CTD will work closely with our university partner, the University of Colorado"s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), to design, build, and test a proof-of-concept prototype during Phase I. The goal of Phase II will be to obtain flight heritage by flying a demonstration module on an upcoming LASP mission. BENEFIT: This new thin-film flexible module will provide higher specific power to nanosatellites at a lower cost. Both improvements are needed to provide the power for additional capabilities that are continuously being developed. Reduced weight and lower cost solar arrays will be beneficial to all sizes of spacecraft, including the largest that will require 30kW of power or more.

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