Nano-Inspired Broadband Photovoltaics Sheets

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-13-C-0158
Agency Tracking Number:
A131-020-0270
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
A13-020
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
MicroLink Devices
6457 Howard Street, Niles, IL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
135553472
Principal Investigator:
Noren Pan
President
(847) 588-3001
npan@mldevices.com
Business Contact:
David McCallum
Vice President
(847) 588-3001
dmccallum@mldevices.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
One of the major challenges currently facing the US defense forces is the requirement to meet the electricity demands of individual soldiers in a highly mobile forward operating base. In this Phase I program, we propose to develop and deliver a lightweight, high efficiency, flexible solar sheet for mobile solar applications for Army unmounted soldiers. Based on highly efficient GaAs III-V materials, the flexible solar cells will be fabricated using MicroLinks proprietary epitaxial lift-off (ELO) technology. The performance of ELO solar cells will be further improved through the integration of innovative nano-technology-based optically functional textures within the cell structure. Nano-texturing will be incorporated within thin-film material layers typically employed as anti-reflection (AR) coatings to ensure compatibility with existing fabrication processes. This work will be performed in collaboration with TelAztec LLC. During the Phase I program, detailed theoretical modeling of the nano-patterned absorber will be performed for various nano-pattern types and material choices, and the resultant solar cell performance will be analyzed. The Phase I program will result in the demonstration of a scalable, lightweight (25%, AM1.5G), flexible solar sheet of dimensions 13 cm x 13 cm for Army unmounted soldier mobile power generation.

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