Flexible ELO Solar Cells with Ultra-High Specific Power and Areal Power Density

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX15CC54P
Agency Tracking Number: 154725
Amount: $125,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-06-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-12-17
Small Business Information
6457 Howard Street, Niles, IL, 60714-3301
DUNS: 135553472
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Stender
 Senior Process Engineer
 (847) 588-3001
 cstender@mldevices.com
Business Contact
 Noren Pan
Title: Business Official
Phone: (847) 920-9705
Email: npan@mldevices.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In the proposed effort, MicroLink Devices develop an ultra-lightweight, high-efficiency, GaAs-based, multi-junction solar cell that will be suitable for use in future platforms requiring very high specific power (>2.0 kW/kg) and very high areal power density (>370 W/m2) such as power generation and conversion for robotic science mission applications, and in particular solar electric propulsion (SEP). In addition to drastically reduced mass the highly flexible nature of our ELO solar cells would allow for novel compact lightweight array designs that take full advantage of the unique properties of ELO solar cells. We will achieve this result by reducing the metal content of MicroLink's current inverted metamorphic (IMM), epitaxial lift-off (ELO) solar cell and replacing the metal with robust, low-density, space qualified Kapton® that will retain the flexibility and durability of ELO solar cell at a fraction of its present weight.

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