High Efficiency Stretchable (Highly Conformable) Photovoltaics for Expeditionary Forces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-C-0168
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-020-0251
Amount: $250,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T020
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
9 Camp St, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA, 02140-1103
DUNS: 829221139
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Rogers
 Lee J Flory Founder Chair
 (217) 244-4979
Business Contact
 Roozbeh Ghaffari
Title: Co-Founder, Senior Scient
Phone: (617) 251-3686
Email: rghaffari@mc10inc.com
Research Institution
 University of Illinois
 John Rogers
 Beckman Institute Rm. 3355
405 N. Matthews Ave.
Urbana, IL, 61801-
 (217) 244-4979
 Nonprofit college or university
This Phase II effort will establish photovoltaics modules that offer high efficiency (>12%) and can be flexed, stretched, twisted, and deformed (to strains of>30%) in ways that enable conformable wrapping of complex, curvilinear shapes and fabrics. The application opportunities for photovoltaics using this approach include systems that intimately integrate with the curved surfaces of structural components of aircrafts, boats, and land vehicles, and those that can mount on the surfaces of garments, personal accessories, or the human body itself. We combine multi-junction and multi-stacked solar microcells with non-coplanar mesh of metal interconnects supported by thin elastomeric substrates to achieve high density, conformal arrays solar microcells optimized for specific power output. Phase II will culminate with the field testing of working prototypes of solar modules to position the program for successful integration of modules into expeditionary force equipment platforms in Phase III.

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