Microstrostructured Crystalline Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER86416
Agency Tracking Number: 90728
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: 23 a
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
2655A Pan American Freeway, NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
DUNS: 879948719
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Saleem Zaidi
 Dr
 (505) 345-9564
 saleem@gratingsinc.com
Business Contact
 Saleem Zaidi
Title: Dr
Phone: (505) 345-9564
Email: saleem@gratingsinc.com
Research Institution
 Sandia National Laboratories
 Ronald Manginell
 P.O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM, 87185
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
This phase I STTR proposal is aimed at reducing cost of energy generation in crystalline silicon solar cells. Cost of the Si wafer itself accounts for over 50 % of energy conversion, therefore, economic use of Si can potentially reduced costs by a factor of 10 by reducing current mass/watt ratios of ~ 3 g/W to ~ 0.4 g/W. Economic use of Si in the form of thin (~ 25 µm) films can reduce energy generation costs. Thin Silicon films are formed by a patterned/etch process that enables multiple usage of a conventional Si substrate. The pattern and etch processes serve two purposes: enhance weak optical absorption in thin Si films as well as enable isolation from the parent substrate. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Some of the potential benefits of successful phase I STTR research include reduced reliance on carbon-based fuels, flexible solar cells, and manufacturing of low-cost silicon-on-insulator substrates.

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