NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-1- S3.01-1723
 Power Generation and Conversion
 High Yield, High Efficiency Epitaxial Lift-Off Solar Cells for LILT Applications
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
MicroLink Devices, Inc.
6457 Howard Street
Niles , IL 60714-3301
(847) 588-3001

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Drew Cardwell
6457 Howard Street Niles, IL 60714 - 3301
(847) 588-3001

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Noren Pan
6457 Howard Street Niles, IL 60714 - 3301
(847) 588-3001
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract

As the world leader in the production of epitaxial lift-off (ELO) inverted metamorphic (IMM) solar cells, MicroLink Devices proposes to develop large-area ELO-IMM solar cell designed specifically for low intensity, low temperature (LILT) space applications. These solar cells will achieve 45% power conversion efficiency (at –125°C and 5.2 AU) with high production yields, enabling substantial solar array costs for future NASA outer planetary space missions.

Potential NASA Applications

The proposed LILT ELO-IMM solar cells will benefit future NASA missions to the outer solar system where solar cells will operate under LILT conditions. These solar cells will enable substantial solar array cost reductions making them especially suitable for large-scale SEP (solar electric propulsion) spacecrafts operating in LILT conditions.

Potential Non-NASA Applications

Manufacturers of commercial satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are interested in MicroLink’s low mass and power dense ELO solar cell technology for the potential to reduce costs while improving the efficiency compared to commercially available Ge-based cells. Attractive military and civilian applications include the ability to recharge batteries in remote locations.

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