High Voltage, Lightweight, Conformal, Integrated, Photovoltaic Modules for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,212.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-13-C-0180
Agency Tracking Number:
N10B-048-0006
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10B-T048
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
MC10 Inc.
19 Camp Street, Cambridge, MA, 02140
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
000000000
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Carbeck
Chief Technology Officer
(617) 234-4448
jcarbeck@mc10inc.com
Business Contact:
Jeffrey Carbeck
Chief Technology Officer
(617) 234-4448
jcarbeck@mc10inc.com
Research Institution:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Ch
Prof. John Rogers
Beckman Institute Rm. 3355
405 N. Matthews Ave.
Urbana, IL, 61801
(217) 244-4979
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Phase II effort will establish stretchable photovoltaic modules that achieve the key metrics of the program: modules with efficiencies > 10%, that sustain elastic deformations > 10% (with little or no loss in performance), and that produce output voltages > 25 V. In this Phase II effort will we demonstrate functional modules deployed on the airfoil of micro unmanned aerial vehicles (MAVs). To do so, we combine multi-junction and multi-stacked solar microcells with non-coplanar mesh of metal interconnects supported by thin elastomeric substrates to achieve high density, conformal arrays of solar microcells optimized for specific power output. Phase II will culminate with the field testing of working prototypes of solar modules to position the program for successful integration of modules into MAV platforms in Phase III.

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