Flexible Photovoltaics for Fabric Structures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,237.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DAAD18-02-C-0009
Award Id:
52923
Agency Tracking Number:
A002-0908
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2337 230th St, Boone, IA, 50036
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
FrankJeffrey
Principal Scientist
(515) 292-7606
fjeffrey@iowathinfilm.com
Business Contact:
StevenMartens
Vice President
(515) 292-7606
smartens@iowathinfilm.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
"Demand for electrical power in portable and temporary installations continues to increase, which adds significant logistical burden in terms of weight, maintenance, and fuel demand. Power demands include command & control operations, medical operations,lighting, chemical/biological filtering, and communications. Iowa Thin Film Technologies (ITFT) manufactures a unique, flexible, thin film photovoltaic material on plastic which can be incorporated into the skins of military tentage to significantlyreduce this logistical burden. ITFT's technology is a monolithically integrated module on plastic film manufactured using a roll-to-roll process. These factors combine to give extreme flexibility, light weight, and durability while maintaining a lowmanufacturing cost. The Phase I effort demonstrated the viability of incorporating our photovoltaic modules into fabric tent panels without seriously compromising current tentage characteristics and identified materials and process steps for achievingthis integration. Phase II will advance the effort to full scale prototype tents and test their performance and durability under representative operating conditions. Also, cost effective and manufacturable processes will be developed for producing theintegrated panels needed for tent applications."

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