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

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