THIN CRYSTALLINE SILICON FILM PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR CELLS AND ARRAYS ON FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATES

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$497,072.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
15613
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Astropower Inc.
30 Lovett Avenue, Newark, DE, 19711
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
James A Rand
Principal Investigator
(302) 366-0400
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
SOLAR CELLS ARE BEING FABRICATED USING THIN FILMS OF SILICON ON INEXPENSIVE, FLEXIBLE CLOTH SUBSTRATES. PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES FABRICATED WITH THESE STRUCTURES CAN DEMONSTRATE THE HIGH PERFORMANCE OF CRYSTALLINE SILICON WITH THE LIGHT WEIGHT OF THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS. THE RESULT IS A SOLAR CELL THAT HAS APPLICATIONS WHEREVER A LIGHTWEIGHT POWER SOURCE IS NEEDED. THE RADIATION TOLERANCE OF THIN CRYSTALLINE SILICON DEVICES MAKE THIS TECHNOLOGY WELL SUITED TO SPACE APPLICATIONS. TERRESTRIAL APPLICATIONS CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM THE LIGHTWEIGHT, LOW-COST DESIGN. ALL TYPES OF MOBILE POWER GENERATORS, INCLUDING MILITARY AND COMMERICAL, ARE POTENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY.

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