a second phase research program of a U.S. Air Force Small Business
Innovative Research contract, Ascent Solar Technologies is aiming to
achieve photovoltaic conversion efficiencies of 20 percent with its
flexible thin-film tandem solar cell technology.
“This Phase II project follows our success in Phase I of the U.S. Air Force program, and builds upon work already performed by our scientists in the areas of wide bandgap and durable bottom cell thin-film photovoltaic technologies,” commented Dr. Joseph Armstrong, Ascent Solar’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “Our objective in Phase II is to demonstrate an ability to make tandem solar cells using new material systems we developed during Phase I. We are delighted that the U.S. Air Force has selected Ascent Solar to continue work with these exciting thin-film photovoltaic technologies.”
Ascent Solar expects the contract value of the project to be approximately $750,000, pending negotiation.