facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Navy contracts Ascent Solar Technologies

Nov. 6, 2012 at 7:58 AM   |   Comments

THORNTON, Colo., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force is giving Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. a SBIR Phase 2 award for flexible, lightweight photovoltaic product development.

The Small Business Innovative Research award, subject to finalization, will be for two years and worth as much as $750,000, the company said.

Ascent Solar, a developer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules, said to fulfill the award it will to build upon its monolithically integrated copper-indium-gallium-diselenide technology to develop and demonstrate a product that enables solar cells to perform well at higher temperatures.

"Solar cells perform best at lower temperatures but they can get hot during normal operation," said Victor Lee, president and chief executive offer of Ascent Solar Technologies. "Modifying our existing technology can improve its performance at higher temperatures.

"This Air Force program builds upon significant work already conducted by our team in this area. After program completion, we envision a new product that will perform over 30 percent better under some operating conditions that utilize process modifications that can be used in our existing manufacturing line."

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
GM recalls 221,000 Cadillacs and Impalas GM recalls 221,000 Cadillacs and Impalas
2
New National Security Cutter delivered to Coast Guard New National Security Cutter delivered to Coast Guard
3
First MT30 engine for Korean Navy frigates passes acceptance tests First MT30 engine for Korean Navy frigates passes acceptance tests
4
Ukraine's State Guard Service receives armored personnel carriers Ukraine's State Guard Service receives armored personnel carriers
5
Navy's Triton surveillance drone flies cross-country Navy's Triton surveillance drone flies cross-country
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback