Backside Contact Multijunction Solar Cells for Concentrator Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER85503
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000350
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
90823
Solicitation Topic Code:
23 d
Small Business Information
Microlink Devices
6457 West Howard St, Niles, IL, 60714
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
135553472
Principal Investigator
 Chris Youtsey
 Dr.
 (847) 588-3001
 cyoutsey@mldevices.com
Business Contact
 Chris Youtsey
Title: Dr.
Phone: (847) 588-3001
Email: dmccallum@mldevices.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Solar concentrator systems will require solar cells with improved efficiency and reduced cost in order to be competitive. New approaches are needed to build solar cells for optimum performance in high concentration applications. This project will demonstrate multifunction solar cells with backside contacts, which can significantly improve cell efficiencies when used in high-concentration applications. The backside contact device structure will be enabled by utilizing previously-developed epitaxial liftoff (ELO) technology. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Solar concentrator systems have recently benefited from improved performance by migrating from Si-based solar cells to multifunction cells. The successful implementation of multifunction cells with backside contacts should enable further improvements in system performance and cost competitiveness.

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