Ascent Solar Technologies has been chosen for an Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase 2 grant valued at US$750,000.
The SBIR Phase 2 award will be used by Colorado-based Ascent Solar Technologies to establish a next-generation PV product using its flexible monolithically integrated cooper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS) technology. The award is still subject to contract finalisation, but is anticipated to run for 24 months.
Victor Lee, CEO at Ascent Solar Technologies, released a statement, saying: “Solar cells perform best at lower temperatures, but they can get hot during normal operation. 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. After program completion, we envision a new product that will perform over 30% better under some operating conditions that utilise process modifications that can be used in our existing manufacturing line.”