High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaic Blankets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-11-M-0147
Agency Tracking Number: F10B-T05-0123
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF10-BT05
Solicitation Number: 2010.B
Small Business Information
6457 Howard Street, Niles, IL, 60714
DUNS: 135553472
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Noren Pan
 President
 (847) 588-3001
 npan@mldevices.com
Business Contact
 Noren Pan
Title: President
Phone: (847) 588-3001
Email: npan@mldevices.com
Research Institution
 UCLA
 Mark Goorsky
 Dept of Materials Sci&Eng
410 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA, 90095-
 (310) 206-0267
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
ABSTRACT: MicroLink proposes a device that combines ultra-thin, high-efficiency, GaAs-based multijunction solar cells, made using our proprietary epitaxial lift-off (ELO) process, with a novel packaging approach that will result in high-efficiency, flexible photovoltaic blankets. MicroLink has developed a process that produces ultra-thin, flexible solar cells. In this project, these flexible solar cells will be incorporated into a flexible, polymeric solar sheet. The net result will be a sheet that has a high net solar conversion efficiency and that can be rolled or folded. BENEFIT: The ability to integrate highly flexible solar cells would provide a clear pathway towards the realization of a high efficiency solar blanket. Key areas of development to be accomplished in Phase I include interconnects, welding, and thin film packaging. The development efforts would lead to lightweight solar-powered battery charging units with widespread commercial potential in applications such as powering consumer electronics, sports, and camping.

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