Ascent Solar Technologies has joined the team for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for their Low-Cost Lightweight Portable Photovoltaics (PoP) project. The “Flexible High-performance Tandem-junction PV Array” project will have three phases. The first phase, 18 months long, will have an approximate contract value of $3.8 million.
“We are excited that DARPA selected our team for the PoP project,” stated Farhad Moghadam, President and CEO of Ascent Solar. ”In order to meet the aggressive goals of performance, capacity, and military toughness, our team has put together a definitive plan that combines our flexible CIGS production experience and existing MILSTD 810G military product, advanced high-temperature substrates from QinetiQ, the combined expertise in multijunction thin film technology from ASTI and IEC, films for optical and electrical enhancement from Brewer and Cambrios, and enhanced packaging technologies being developed by ITN and ASTI. The outcome of the program dovetails nicely with our existing technology improvement pathway for our flexible thin film monolithically integrated CIGS-based PV modules at 20% module efficiency for the Department of Defense (DoD).”
The PoP program will continue over the next 54 months to determine low-cost, lightweight photovoltaics that can withstand various environmental conditions while delivering a power conversion efficiency of 20% or greater.