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."