Foldable/Rollable High Efficiency Solar Cell Modules

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-11-M-0148
Agency Tracking Number: F10B-T05-0243
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
60 Phillips St., Bld'g 3 Ste 2, Attleboro, MA, 02703-
DUNS: 362175965
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Farah
 (401) 616-4176
Business Contact
 John Farah
Title: President
Phone: (401) 616-4176
Research Institution
 Auburn University
 Tony Ventimiglia
 310 Samford Hall
Auburn, AL, 36849-
 (334) 844-5954
 Nonprofit college or university
ABSTRACT: A new method for manufacturing thin, flexible, portable high efficiency III-V PV modules that can be folded and rolled. In particular, IMM3J cells are lifted-off their growth substrate and transferred to a polyimide blanket sheet holding up to a few hundred cells. They are fully encapsulated. The interconnects are made with novel use of electrically conductive adhesives and polymers. The method further allows for recovery and reuse of the growth substrate, reducing the cell costs by up to 40%. OptiCOMP"s method thereby eliminates any potential supply bottlenecks for GaAs and Ge growth substrates and preserves rare earth materials. BENEFIT: High efficiency flexible photovoltaic civilian applications include solar rechargers for portable power applications, including flexible battery-charging covers for hybrid electric vehicles etc.

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