Space and Operational Environmental Protection for Thin Multijunction Solar Cells

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-10-M-0180
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-092-1517
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-092
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Hybrid Plastics
55 W. L. Runnels Industrial Dr., Hattiesburg, MS, 39401
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147162866
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Lichtenhan
President
(601) 544-3466
Lichtenhan@hybridplastics.com
Business Contact:
Carl Hagstrom
Chief Operating Officer
(601) 544-3466
Chagstrom@hybridplastics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The recent development of colorless, transparent polyimides provides a break-out solution for the operational and environmental protection of thin multijunction solar cells. The incorporation of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes into the polyimide backbone renders these systems radiation hard toward proton, electron and atomic oxygen degradation. The POSS polyimides also exhibit 5x improved impact and tear resistance relative to conventional imides. The incorporation of POSS also enables the spray application of a fully imidized coating and eliminates the post-bake procedures for conventional imide coatings. BENEFIT: Terrestrial solar cell encapsulation, encapsulants for quantum dot arrays, durable computer and pda screen coatings.

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