High Performance, Low-Cost Nanostructured Mirror Surfaces

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DE-FG02-06ER84557
Award Id:
81104
Agency Tracking Number:
80775S06-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1485 South Main Street, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
Michelle Berg
Mrs
(540) 953-1785
mberg@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lawson
Mrs
(540) 953-1785
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Solar thermal energy conversion is currently the lowest-cost source for environmentally-friendly, renewable solar energy. However, to make this technology cost competitive with conventional power generation, capital investment must be reduced through increased component longevity or increased system efficiency. This project involves the further development of nanostructured, multilayer coating materials for improving the efficiency of solar thermal conversion, reducing its cost, and increasing the longevity of installed capacity. Phase I demonstrated not only feasibility but also significant progress for the construction of large area nanocomposite reflectors and the fabrication of flexible mirrors. Phase II will build on these gains to create greatly enhanced reflector/mirror products. The materials will be applied to large areas with closed or open geometries using environmentally benign techniques. This is in direct contrast with existing technologies for coating applications (for example, CVD and PVD), which require specialized chambers and nonambient conditions. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: State-of-the-art, flexible, lightweight, durable mirrors would be an enabling technology for widespread implementation of solar thermal energy as a distributed or remote energy source. In addition, the technology would enable the development of shaped-memory polymer mirrors for easy transport and installation, particularly in remote areas.

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