Radiation-Resistant Nanoscopically Enhanced Solar Cell Coverglass

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,973.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9453-06-C-0091
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-022-2674
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-022
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
HYBRID PLASTICS
55 WL Runnels Ind. Dr., Hattiesburg, MS, 39401
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147162866
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Lichtenhan
President
(601) 544-3466
Lichtenhan@hybridplastics.com
Business Contact:
Carl Hagstrom
Chief Operating Officer
(601) 544-3466
Chagstrom@hybridplastics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Hybrid Plastics proposes to develop a low cost, and versatile method for shielding commercial and military single crystal solar cells from damage against proton and electron radiation. Hybrid Plastics also proposes to develop a related coating variant for the protection of thin film photovoltaics against atomic oxygen, vacuum ultraviolet radiation and improved voltage stand-off. The technical approach utilizes metallized nanoscopic polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes as conformal coatings on solar cell surfaces. Such coatings would permit spacecraft designers to increase duty cycles while operating in half-geo orbits. Hybrid Plastics proposes to conduct fundamental radiation and environmental testing to determine shielding effectiveness. Hybrid Plastics also proposed to carry-out processing science with the goal of enabling low-cost spray application of the coatings.

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