Collaborative research: Novel multijunction solar cells for space and terrestrial applications

Project: Research project

Description

Multijunction (MJ) solar cell is the only proven technology that can reach energy conversion efficiencies greater than 30%. It is the ideal energy source not only for space applications but also for terrestrial applications such as electricity generation when integrated with low cost concentrators. The state-of-the-art monolithically integrated 3-junction solar cells have a record conversion efficiency of 31% in space and 41.6% when integrated with concentrators. Material constraints have prevented these 3-junction cells from reaching higher efficiencies. It is therefore necessary to develop transformative solar cell designs with an increased number of junctions using novel materials to realize breakthroughs in conversion efficiency.|
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/1/106/30/13

Funding

  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $200,000.00

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Conversion efficiency
Solar cells
Space applications
Energy conversion
Electricity
Multi-junction solar cells
Costs