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Development of High-Performance, Flexible, Thin-Film Solar Cells for Portable Power Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: D15PC00222
Agency Tracking Number: D2-1464
Amount: $1,499,999.56
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A13-020
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-09-24
Small Business Information
52-B Cummings Park
Woburn, MA 01801
United States
DUNS: 032691763
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Ashok Sood
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 503-1200
Business Contact
 Ashok Sood
Title: Dr.
Phone: (781) 503-1200
Research Institution

This proposed Phase II SBIR program with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will focus on demonstrating a high-performance, cost-effective, thin-film solar cell technology, providing an attractive source of portable and mobile power that can be integrated into flexible, lightweight photovoltaic modules which can operate in both terrestrial and space environments.Photovoltaic devices can provide a portable source of electrical power for a wide variety of defense applications, including mobile power for dismounted soldiers, unmanned aerial vehicles, and remote sensors.By combining thin III-V absorbers with advanced light-trapping structures, single-junction GaAs-based devices provide a means to deliver high efficiency performance over a wide range of operating conditions at a fraction of the cost of the multi-junction structures typically employed for space power.In addition, the incorporation of nano-enhanced III-V absorbers provides a pathway to extend infrared absorption and increase the photovoltaic power conversion efficiency of cost-effective thin-film solar cells.As part of the proposed Phase II effort, Magnolias innovative approach will be applied to the design and construction of light-weight and flexible thin-film solar cells capable of achieving conversion efficiencies in excess of 40% over a wide range of operating conditions.

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