Ascent Solar Technologies Inc., a developer of flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules, has been selected for an Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase 2 award.
The company says it will demonstrate a next-generation photovoltaic product that builds upon its flexible monolithically integrated copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS) technology. Subject to contract finalization, the Air Force SBIR Phase 2 program is expected to run 24 months, with a program value of up to $750,000.
‘Solar cells perform best at lower temperatures, but they can get hot during normal operation,’ explains Victor Lee, president and CEO at Ascent Solar. ‘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.’