High Voltage, Lightweight, Conformal, Integrated, Photovoltaic Modules for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Period of Performance: 01/10/2011 - 08/10/2011

$70K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Microlink Devices
6457 West Howard Street
Niles, IL 60714
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
Institution POC

Abstract

MicroLink proposes a novel device structure which combines ultra-thin, high-efficiency, GaAs-based multijunction solar cells with a novel packaging approach that will result in high flexibility, elastic solar sheets. MicroLink has developed a process that produces ultra-thin, flexible solar cells. In this project, these an array of these flexible solar cells will be incorporated onto an elastic sheet to provide an output voltage >25 V. The net result will be a solar sheet that has an elastic response along with high net solar conversion efficiency.