Advanced Longevity System for the Environmental Protection of Electrochromic Materials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Special Operations Command
Amount:
$999,998.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
H92222-12-C-0023
Agency Tracking Number:
S2-0180
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-019
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
Eclipse Energy Systems, Inc.
2345 Anvil Street North, St. Petersburg, FL, 33710-3905
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
836759522
Principal Investigator:
Hulya Demiryont
Chief Scientist
(727) 344-7300
hdemiryont@eclipsethinfilms.com
Business Contact:
Jay Wolfington
President
(813) 966-3627
jwolfington@eclipsethinfilms.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Eclipse has a variable transmittance coating to meet the requirement for a single day/night visor for aircrews. The Eclipse Electrochromic Device (EclipseECD) is well suited for light modulation applications. The EclipseECD modulates transmitted light intensity over a broad range (80% to 20% transmission) by changing optical density under an applied electric field (1.5V). This process is reversed by changing the polarity of the applied field. This technology has a variety of uses beyond just visors but in all cases a proper sealing method for long term durability and survival is required for any sort of commercialization. The use of flexible and semi-rigid polymer substrates (such as polycarbonate flight visors) offers numerous advantages in terms of processing and applications. However, for electro-optical use, the primary limitation is that moisture and/or oxygen rapidly diffuses through these substrate materials, leading to performance degradation and shortened lifetime. Thus, the objective of this follow-on Phase II effort is to tailor the EclipseECD for long term environmental stability. The advanced packaging system developed during this program shall extend the fully-functional lifetime of the EclipseECDTM by significantly mitigating the effects of harsh environments that exist outside of laboratory conditions.

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