Low-Cost Multi-Junction Photovoltaic Cells

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,943.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CC47P
Agency Tracking Number:
124454
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
H8.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Black Hills Nanosystems
SD, Rapid City, SD, 57701-9301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
806339656
Principal Investigator:
Gina Kim
President
(605) 341-3641
gkim@blackhillsnano.com
Business Contact:
Gina Kim
President
(323) 528-8488
gkim@blackhillsnano.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The proposed SBIR project will provide a pathway to dramatically reduce the cost of multi-junction solar cells. The project leverages a TRL6 micropackaging process with ~100% yield for cell assembly. Cost savings are critical as space-qualified multi-junction cells render large panel applications prohibitive. The proposed project aims to develop a greatly-simplified manufacturing process that can be performed by most compound semiconductor foundries. Thus, cost savings can be derived from increased competition and scaling by leveraging low-cost high volume manufacturers for wireless components and LED lighting devices.The preliminary 3-subcell systems has>30% efficiency at 60C-100C. For higher efficiency, a 5-subcell system has>57% efficiency.For CPV applications, LCOE of the 3-subcell system at 630 suns is 20.96 cents/kWh (real)/27.20 cents/kWh (nominal).

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