Multijunction Ultralight Solar Cells and Arrays

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$592,892.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNC05CB23C
Award Id:
72063
Agency Tracking Number:
030081
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
111 Downey Street, Norwood, MA, 02062
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
076603836
Principal Investigator:
KrishnaMandal
() -
kmandal@eiclabs.com
Business Contact:
DavidRauh
Business Official
(781) 769-9450
drauh@eiclabs.com
Research Institute:
University of Florida
Brian Prindle
223 Grinter Hall, PO Box 115500
Gainesville, FL, 32611
(352) 392-1582
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
There is a continuing need within NASA for solar cells and arrays with very high specific power densities (1000-5000 kW/kg) for generating power in a new generation of ultralight space payloads. An emerging technology with promise to meet these ambitious goals are solar cells based on very thin films of discrete layers or interpenetrating networks (IPNs) of organic donors and acceptors. It is also recognized in the field of thin film inorganic solar cells, that it is possible to stack cells tuned to the blue, green and red portions of the solar spectrum, thus harvesting photons with less degradation of their energy. Theoretical efficiencies for multijunction solar cells are 70% compared to 30% for single junction devices. Indeed, these multijunction solar cells hold the current record for solar conversion efficiency. In this proposed joint STTR program between EIC Laboratories and the University of Florida, we will develop multijunction organic donor-acceptor solar cells as a means to achieve higher efficiencies than can be realized with single junction devices. Phase II will continue with development of high mobility, bandgap engineered organic donors and acceptors, as well as develop three junction devices and scaled up devices on lightweight flexible polymer substrates.

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