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Silicon Nanowire Solar Cell

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER86313
Agency Tracking Number: 82961
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 10c
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-17
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1064 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, PA, 17601
DUNS: 132498903
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Youssef Habib
 (717) 295-3746
Business Contact
 Youssef Habib
Title: Dr
Phone: (717) 295-3746
Research Institution
It is now an accepted fact that global warming due to greenhouse gases is occurring and could have a devastating effect for future life on earth. The need for the United States to plan, develop, and implement alternative, clean energy technologies is critical. In particular, the photovoltaic generation of electricity from the sun is a sustainable, elegant, clean, and practical source of usable energy. This project will develop silicon-nanowire-based photovoltaic technology as a highly efficient, low cost alternative energy source. Phase I established process technology for fabricating radial, p-n core-shell, silicon nanowire arrays on low cost, anodic, aluminum-oxide-coated glass substrates. This fabrication of large area photovoltaics represents an important first step towards the realization of commercial nanowire-based solar cell devices. Phase II will optimize the junction interface, electrical contacts, and nanowire growth process, in order to produce better devices. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: A current impediment to the widespread utilization of photovoltaic technology is the cost, which is approximately four times that of the currently dominant means of generating electrical power. Nanotechnology-enabled solar cells could help bring the cost of solar power down to more competitive levels

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