High Temperature Solar Cell Contacts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41129
Amount: $64,914.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 164284, Austin, TX, 78716
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ronald L. Jacobsen
 (937) 766-2020
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
Inexpensive solar cell contacts can be made using silicone or epoxy materials with carbon nanostructure additives to improve electrical conductivity at high temperature. This overcomes the problems associated with metal-additive silicones and epoxies, which tend to lose their electrical conductivity enhancements as the temperature increases, thereby diminishing; their usefulness as a solar cell electrical conduct. Because highly conductive carbon fib r can be fabricated with an extremely high aspect ratio (L/D > 5000), bonding material incorporating this fiber will have an internal conductive network within it, assuring that electrical contact will be maintained as the material expands thermally.

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