Ascent Solar Continues Thin-Film Cell Development With U.S. Air Force


Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to continue development of a flexible thin-film tandem solar cell, with a goal of achieving photovoltaic conversion efficiencies of 20%.

The project is expected to be performed under the second phase of an Air Force Small Business Innovative Research contract, and under the auspices of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Ascent Solar expects the contract value of the project to be approximately $750,000, pending negotiation.

‘Our objective in Phase II is to demonstrate an ability to make tandem solar cells using new material systems we developed during Phase I,’ says Dr. Joseph Armstrong, Ascent Solar's vice president and chief technology officer.

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