Radiation-Resistant Nanoscopically Enhanced Solar Cell Coverglass

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-05-M-0096
Agency Tracking Number: F051-022-2674
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
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 solar cells from damage against proton and electron radiation. The technical approach utilizes metallized nanoscopic polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes as conformal coatings on coverglass and on solar cell surfaces. Such coatings would permit spacecraft designers to increase duty cycles while operating in half-geo orbits. Also, POSS coatings may provide a means to shield flexible solar cells against space radiation, a task that conventional cover glass cannot do. Hybrid Plastics also proposes to perform fundamental proton and electron testing of coatings coverglass and cells to determine their shielding effectiveness.

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