Photonic Band Gap Structures for Solar Energy Generation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$747,106.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0238
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB2-0045
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB092-002
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
12 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145785528
Principal Investigator:
Michael Crouse
CTO
(845) 519-7463
crousem238@gmail.com
Business Contact:
Thomas James
CEO
(703) 795-7218
thomas.l.james@gmail.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The objective of proposed Phase II project is to develop multi-junction Graetzel cells using a cost effective, single layer metamaterial light harvesting template into which, up to four different sets of wavelength-selective ruthenium dye complexes are deposited. The light harvesting template performs three roles: (1) spectral band splitting of the incident solar spectrum into different cavities into which different wavelength specific ruthenium compounds have been electrodeposited, (2) light concentration, and (3) serves as a heat sink to avoid the harmful effects of high temperatures. These three improvements to the traditional Graetzel cell are expected to increase the efficiency to 42% compared to ~11% for traditional Graetzel cells, resulting in a predicted module cost of 95/Watt. Certain untested aspects of our device may increase the efficiency to as high as 60%, resulting in a cost reduction to 66/Watt.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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