NASA SBIR 2019-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 19-1- S3.01-3213
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Power Generation and Conversion
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 High Specific Power Radiation Hard Bifacial Back Metal Mirror Solar Cells for Flex Arrays
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)

Name:
Dr. Alex Kirk
E-mail:
akirk@mldevices.com
Address:
6457 Howard Street Niles, IL 60714 - 3301
Phone:
(847) 588-3001

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Noren Pan
E-mail:
npan@earthlink.net
Address:
6457 Howard Street Niles, IL 60714 - 3301
Phone:
(847) 588-3001
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 5
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

MicroLink Devices proposes to develop triple-junction (3J) epitaxial lift-off (ELO) solar cells containing Bifacial Back Metal Mirror (BBMM) technology to allow for reduced mass through device structure thinning as well as cooler and more efficient operation by selectively rejecting excess broadband infrared (IR) radiation. These BBMM 3J solar cells will achieve 33% 1-Sun AM0 beginning-of-life (BOL) power conversion efficiency and greater than 2.5 kW/kg specific power thus enabling compact and low mass solar photovoltaic arrays for NASA science missions.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Efficient and power dense 3J ELO BBMM solar cells are attractive for next-generation spacecraft power and solar electric propulsion (SEP) systems. Photovoltaic arrays based on the proposed 3J ELO BBMM solar cells will be ideal for NASA missions where greater efficiency and specific power than existing Ge wafer-based 3J solar cells are required.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Manufacturers of commercial satellites and high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are interested in MicroLink’s low mass and power dense ELO solar cell technology.

Duration: 6

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