Nanostructured Electrodes for Solar Power Generation

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC04CA66C
Agency Tracking Number:
035894
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
F3.08
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Materials Modification Inc
2721-D Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22031-4429
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
167433531
Principal Investigator:
T Sudarshan
Principal Investigator
(703) 560-1371
sudarshan@matmod.com
Business Contact:
T. T. Sudarshan
Business Official
(703) 560-1371
sudarshan@matmod.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The key to achieving high-power solar arrays for NASA applications is the development of high-efficiency, thin-film solar cells that can be fabricated directly on flexible, lightweight, polymer/plastic substrates. Current thin-film cell fabrication approaches are limited by either the ultimate efficiency that can be achieved with the device material and structure or the requirement for high-temperature deposition processes, especially of the transparent conducting electrode, which are incompatible with all presently known flexible polyimide or other polymer substrate materials. In this proposed R&D effort Materials Modification, Inc. will develop a novel, low-temperature and cost-effective technique for the preparation of nanostructured thin films of a transparent conducting oxide, for use as electrodes in Plastic solar cells.. In addition, a prototype plastic Heterojunction solar cell will be fabricated with this nanostructured material as an electrode instead of the conventional ITO, and the superiority of this system will be established

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