Organized Hole Conducting Polymer/Nanoparticle Composite Solar Cell Fiber

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,990.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC06CA68C
Agency Tracking Number:
055362
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
S8.05
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Nanohmics, Inc.
6201 East Oltorf, Suite 400, Austin, TX, 78741-7511
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
100651798
Principal Investigator:
Steve Savoy
Principal Investigator
(512) 389-9990
ssavoy@nanohmics.com
Business Contact:
Keith Jamison
President
(512) 389-9990
kjamison@nanohmics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Recent innovations in noncrystalline solar cells are beginning to emerge as viable replacements to traditional CVD grown single crystal counterparts in applications that demand high specific power, low product cost ($/sq.ft.) and ultimately scalable unit energy cost ($/W). Future NASA missions stand poised for adopting these new photovoltaics systems that are deposited onto lightweight, flexible substrates. Nanohmics proposes to fabricate a heterojunction solar cell composite consisting of high weight fraction titanium dioxide nanoparticles blended with amphiphilic, regioregular conducting polythiophene that are highly organized at an air-water interface. Furthermore, Nanohmics is proposing to prepare a novel device geometry that involves a low-cost, co-axial deposition process of all the cell layers onto core metal (e.g. copper, aluminum) or metal-coated fibers. Deposition of the blocking layers, heterojunction phase, and transparent conducting electrode in this fashion will lead to individual solar cell "threads", SuntwineTM.

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