Radiation-Resistant Nanoscopically Enhanced Solar Cell Coverglass

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-06-C-0091
Agency Tracking Number: F051-022-2674
Amount: $749,973.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-022
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
55 WL Runnels Ind. Dr., Hattiesburg, MS, 39401
DUNS: 147162866
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Lichtenhan
 President
 (601) 544-3466
 Lichtenhan@hybridplastics.com
Business Contact
 Carl Hagstrom
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (601) 544-3466
Email: 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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