Flexible Radiation-Resistant Coatings for Space Solar Cells

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-10-M-0178
Agency Tracking Number: F093-092-0038
Amount: $99,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-092
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lebzy Gonzalez
 Principal Scientist
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 Stephen Mattox
Title: Director, Finance & Contracts
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: smattox@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
The recent development of high-efficiency photovoltaic cells that are thin enough to be rolled up has the potential to revolutionize power sources for satellites. For this potential to be realized, similarly flexible materials which serve the protective and efficiency-enhancing functions of the solar cell stack (radiation protection, thermal management, discharge protection, and anti-reflection) must be developed. Infoscitex proposes to develop a thin, flexible version of a material with high transmittance previously shown to be stable under high-energy electron and gamma ray exposure. The novel material has outstanding thermal stability, a low coefficient of thermal expansion, and near-zero outgassing. BENEFIT: A thin, flexible coating that will protect IMM solar cells from the space environment.

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