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Non-Mechanically Moving Solar Directing System for Photovoltaic Modules

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N39430-13-P-1251
Agency Tracking Number: N131-019-0824
Amount: $149,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N131-019
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-04-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-05-30
Small Business Information
6201 East Oltorf St. Suite 400
Austin, TX -
United States
DUNS: 100651798
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steve Savoy
 VP Research and Developme
 (512) 389-9990
Business Contact
 Michael Mayo
Title: President
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Research Institution

The benefits of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems with regard to total system efficiency are well known in commercial applications and operate at system efficiencies near 30% with some demonstration systems operating above 40%, compared with 15-20% peak efficiency for conventional PV. Because CPV systems must maintain alignment with the sun to maintain optical concentration, they harvest more energy throughout the day compared with non-tracked PV. Furthermore, because CPV systems use a fraction of the PV material required in conventional solar arrays, they have the potential to produce energy at a lower total cost. However, the operation and maintenance requirements and associated costs make traditional tracked systems unattractive for many customers. To address this challenge, Nanohmics proposes to develop and demonstrate proof-of-concept for its SunPerch flat form-factor concentrating photovoltaic system, which integrates concentrating optics, use of advanced triple junction PV materials, and zero-wear in-panel tracking in a cost-effective package made from conventional materials and using proven manufacturing technologies. This combination of innovations delivers the benefits of high-performance CPV systems in the same form factor as fixed-tilt conventional PV systems.

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