High Efficiency Flexible Thin Multi-Junction Solar Cells

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$742,329.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9453-10-C-0021
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-186-2532
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF083-186
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
Epitaxial Laboratory, Inc.
25 Tiana Place, Dix Hills, NY, 11746
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Jie Piao
President
(516) 508-0060
jpeli23@gmail.com
Business Contact:
Jie Piao
President
(516) 508-0060
jpeli23@yahoo.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ELI has recently produced ~16% AM0 efficiency flexible solar cells. We also developed over 25% AM0 efficiency thin film solar cell technology. As future demands are made for higher efficiency, improved Watt/weight, Watt/area, Watt/cost, it is clear that the current approaches should be improved to reflect new requirements. In order to achieve over 33+ efficiency flexible solar cells to meet next generation space power requirements ELI propose to develop (1) Multijunction solar cell based on our dual-junction technology (2) develop/improve scalable processes for crack-free bonding to lightweight flexible substrate (1 mil thick Ti foil, or flexible kapton or polymer) for 1000 W/kg specific power and stowability. BENEFIT: High efficiency, high specific power (>1000W/Kg), and cost effective solar cells and modules have many applications in both military and commercial sectors. These applications include but are not limited to space craft, satellites, submarines, electrical vehicles, residential co-generators, and many remote field units. Many U.S. companies are interested in high performance, cost effective solar cells and modules, including aerospace industries, utility firms, auto makers, defense industries, and many others.

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