Non-Mechanically Moving Solar Directing System for Photovoltaic Modules

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N39430-14-C-1508
Agency Tracking Number: N131-019-0016
Amount: $359,277.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N131-019
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-06-30
Small Business Information
1430 N. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ, 85705
DUNS: 601990778
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lloyd LaComb
 Vice President
 (520) 626-1747
Business Contact
 Peter Ly
Title: Technical Point of Contact
Phone: (805) 982-1367
Research Institution
A key focus of the United States government?s energy policy is to develop technologies that will allow the country to reduce Green House Gases by 80% by 2050. In support of this effort, the US Secretary of the Navy has developed a set of energy goals which include producing at least 50% of shore-based energy requirements using alternative sources primarily solar power. We have developed two thin film technologies that are capable of revolutionizing solar collection technology by capturing additional light without the need for the additional expenses associated with mechanical tracking systems. The research uses two sets of thin film layers acting in concert to increase the amount of light reaching the solar cells. The first thin film improves light collection using Holographic Optical Elements. The second thin film layer is shifts the frequency of the incoming solar radiation from the UV of the spectrum into visible regions where the solar cells generate are more efficient. Our Phase I program demonstrated that the technologies were scalable to 600mmx300mm sizes and capable of generating approximately 60W/m2. In the Phase II program, we will increase the size of the collection system to 1m2 and the efficiency in transparent applications to 75W/m2.

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