Affordable Reliable Electromagnetically Clean Modular Solar Panels (PDRT06-053)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-07-C-0115
Agency Tracking Number:
B063-017-1020
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA06-017
Solicitation Number:
2006.3
Small Business Information
DR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
7740 Kenamar Court, San Diego, CA, 92121
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Theodore Stern
Manager, Solar Power Technologies
(858) 677-1230
tstern@drtechnologies.com
Business Contact:
Steven Sherman
V. P, Business Administration
(858) 677-1226
ssherman@drtechnologies.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Electromagnetically Clean (EMC) Modular Solar Array is a production manufacturing approach to engineering and delivering solar arrays that have improved cost, reliability, performance and schedule responsiveness of photovoltaic power sources. The EMC Module uses an integral transparent conductive cover to effectively seal the panel from the space environment, and a multifunctional composite structural support that provides resistance to mechanical loads from launch and space thermal cycling stresses. These components are also multi-functional from a manufacturing point of view, enabling a one-step lamination approach to solar panel assembly through self-tooling and self-assembly features. This effort proposes to develop and demonstrate both rigid and flexible EMC Modules, which can be assembled into array of rigid, fold-out panel arrays, or flexible roll-out arrays. The flexible, roll-out option using high efficiency crystalline cells has particularly good specific power capability, in terms of Watts/kilogram, watts/sq.m., and stowed watts/cu.m, and is the main focus of the effort, taking off from previous efforts that showed the feasibility of the rigid EMC Module design.

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