Ultralight Star Polymer Photovoltaics

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$69,996.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NAS5-01173
Agency Tracking Number:
012613
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
EIC Laboratories, Inc.
111 Downey Street, Norwood, MA, 02062
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Krishna Mandal
 Senior Scientist
 (781) 769-9450
 kmandal@eiclabs.com
Business Contact
 David Rauh
Title: Business Official
Phone: (781) 769-9450
Email: drauh@eiclabs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of this program is to demonstrate novel solar cells with very high specific power densities (1000-5000 kW/kg) for generating power in a new generation of ultralight space payloads like the ARISE inflatable antenna. The cells will be based on high charge mobility, processible conjugated organic polymers with a unique dendritic star structure developed at EIC Laboratories. Solar cells will be fabricated based on emerging concepts of interpenetrating network donor-acceptor composites and on dye-sensitized nanoporous TiO2, both types on thin, light polymer substrates using low temperature processing conditions. Research to date indicates that >10% AM0 efficiency is a realistic goal for these cells, which promise exceptionally low manufacturing cost and good prospects for stability in the space environment over a broad temperature range. Polymer solar cells will enable inflatable solar arrays and sails that also incorporate electronic components and also electrochromic layers for thermal or photon momentum control.

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