SBIR Phase I: Solar Textile

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1214857
Agency Tracking Number: 1214857
Amount: $149,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: EI
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ParaSol Technologies LLC
1721 Sterling Road, Charlotte, NC, 28209-1549
Duns: 014519923
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marco Scipioni
 (704) 287-1997
 marco@parasoltechnologies.com
Business Contact
 Marco Scipioni
Phone: (704) 287-1997
Email: marco@parasoltechnologies.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project seeks to develop a proof of principle prototype of an agile solar concentrator which would be deployable in a wide range of applications and environments. The innovation will produce a fabric module that would lead to development of a new distributed solar power technology. The fabrics are made from waveguide based concentrators to harvest solar energy and concentrate the harvested energy on the edges of the fabrics, which can then be converted to electricity. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project is on the development of a new class of truly distributed solar-energy generating devices and systems. The solar fabrics that would be developed on one hand will target applications in tents, awnings and curtains, and on the other hand will target applications in wearable products such as special clothing for hikers, biker, and soldiers. It is expected that this project will add a new opportunity for an industry, textile industry, which has been under tremendous pressure over the past few decades, to play an important role in the field of renewable energy.

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