Development of roll-roll processed, low-cost, and flexible organic solar cells

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,920.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-11-M-0014
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-174-0548
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-174
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Solarmer Energy Inc.
3445 Fletcher Avenue, El Monte, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
787944805
Principal Investigator:
Vishal Shrotriya
Director of OPV Lifetime
(626) 456-8090
vishals@solarmer.com
Business Contact:
Woolas Hsieh
President
(626) 456-8089
woolash@solarmer.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Solar cells based on organic materials, also called organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs), have attracted broad research interest due to their low-cost, flexibility and light weight. However, OPV technology remains in pre-commercial stage primarily due to the lack of manufacturing process. Despite a lot of improvement in efficiency, limited attention has been dedicated to develop production technologies for low-cost and large-scale manufacturing of OPVs. In addition, the lifetime and stability of OPV cells is still questionable. In this proposal, Solarmer Energy proposes a comprehensive research plan which will deal with the challenges of manufacturing OPVs at low-cost and improving stability. The overall goal of this Phase I research project is to demonstrate the feasibility of roll-to-roll production of flexible OPV cells in ambient environment. It is also a goal of this project to demonstrate OPV cells that are stable under continuous incident light. At the end of the proposed project we will demonstrate a flexible, monolithically integrated OPV module with 10 series cells and total module area of 100 cm2, with module efficiency of 5% and T80 lifetime of at least 500 hours under continuous illumination of 1 Sun.

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