High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaic Blankets

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-11-M-0147
Agency Tracking Number:
F10B-T05-0123
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF10-BT05
Solicitation Number:
2010.B
Small Business Information
MicroLink Devices
6457 Howard Street, Niles, IL, 60714
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
135553472
Principal Investigator:
Noren Pan
President
(847) 588-3001
npan@mldevices.com
Business Contact:
Noren Pan
President
(847) 588-3001
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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