Flexible Radiation-Resistant Coatings for Space Solar Cells

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,955.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-10-M-0178
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-092-0038
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF093-092
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
Lebzy Gonzalez
Principal Scientist
(781) 890-1338
lgonzalez@infoscitex.com
Business Contact:
Stephen Mattox
Director, Finance & Contracts
(781) 890-1338
smattox@infoscitex.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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