Affordable Reliable Modular Solar Panels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-08-C-0169
Agency Tracking Number: B063-017-1020
Amount: $1,214,480.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA06-017
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
7740 Kenamar Court, San Diego, CA, 92121
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Theodore Stern
 Business Manager, Space P
 (858) 677-1230
Business Contact
 Steven Sherman
Title: V.P. Business Administra
Phone: (858) 677-1226
Research Institution
Solar panels need reliability improvements while reaching for higher performance. This SBIR develops a Modular Solar Panel that uses an integral transparent cover/shield and stress control substrate, together with process-controlled production lamination techniques, to achieve an integrated engineering and manufacturing approach to solar panels. The MSP panels comprise Modules chosen from a set of qualified designs, using a plug-and-play removable attachment means to assemble modules into a panel. The Phase II program begins with a requirements definition phase that will direct the development towards MDA spacecraft while assuring modular applicability for a wide variety of mission. The MSP module and panel will be engineered through design, analyses, critical component material characterization, fabrication and test. Demonstration article will be built and tested that include designs for rigid Laminated Module with high efficiency crystalline solar cells, and a Flexible Metamorphic module that includes advanced thin metamorphic cells. Coupons, module and panel testing will cover a variety of simulated space environments to assure that the module design will have the end-of-life resistance to degradation expected of state-of-the-art spacecraft photovoltaics. Completion of Phase II effort will see the MSP technology ready for technology insertion into its first MDA application.

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