Light-Weight Solar Cells with High Specific Power and Conversion Efficiency

Period of Performance: 02/11/2016 - 02/15/2018

$750K

Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Agiltron Corp.
15 Presidential Way Array
Woburn, MA 01801
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver W Pkwy,
Golden, CO 80401
Institution POC

Abstract

Agiltron in collaboration with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will develop a new class of high-efficiency and lightweight broadband inverted metamorphic multi-junction (IMM) solar cells for the uninterrupted flight missions of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The approach is closely coupled with Agiltrons extensive experience in high-transmittance broadband and wide-angle anti-reflective microstructures and NRELs significant progress in high efficiency IMM solar cells to push the cells conversion efficiency performance well beyond the current state-of-the-art. The novel solar cells will be transferred from thick, heavy, and stiff substrates to a thin, light and flexible support handle, thus meeting the NAVYs specific-power requirement. This novel solar cell technique has several unique advantages over conventional approaches, including high conversion efficiency, high specific power, wide incident angle acceptance, broad band operation, and high flexibility. The technical approach has been proven in Phase I through numerical analysis, simulations and experiments. The solar cell array module prototype will be designed, fabricated, characterized, and delivered to the Navy in Phase II.