High Efficiency Stretchable (Highly Conformable) Photovoltaics for Expeditionary Forces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0299
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-020-0251
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T020
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
MC10 Inc.
950 Winter St, Suite 4600, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 829221139
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Rogers
 Prof. Materials Science
 (217) 244-4979
 jrogers@uiuc.edu
Business Contact
 Roozbeh Ghaffari
Title: Senior Scientist
Phone: (617) 251-3686
Email: rghaffari@mc10inc.com
Research Institution
 University of Illinois Urbana Champ
 John A Rogers
 Beckman Institute, Room 3355
405 N. Matthews Ave.
Urbana, IL, 61801
 (217) 244-4979
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Phase I effort will establish photovoltaic materials, device designs, and processing approaches for modules that offer high efficiency (>12%) and can be flexed, stretched, twisted, and deformed (to strains of >50%) in ways that enable conformable wrapping of complex, curvilinear shapes. This new class of technology will create application opportunities for photovoltaics ranging from systems that intimately integrate with the curved surfaces of structural components of aircrafts, boats, and land vehicles, to those that can mount on the surfaces of garments, personal accessories, or the human body itself. Among the designs that will be explored, those that combine thin, monocrystalline microcells interconnected by non-coplanar mesh structures and supported by thin elastomeric substrates appear most promising. To establish feasibility, Phase I will culminate with the fabrication and test of structures with this design to position the program for successful construction of working prototypes in Phase II and, ultimately, modules for integration into expeditionary force equipment platforms in Phase III.

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