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Purchase Order - FA864921P0746

OVERVIEW

Awardee
Original Description
FX20C-TCSO1-0408: ENHANCED SILICON SOLAR CELLS FOR UAVS
Place of Performance
Alexandria, VA USA
Pricing
Fixed Price
Set Aside
Small Business Set Aside - Total (SBA)
Extent Competed
Full And Open Competition After Exclusion Of Sources
Related Opportunity
None

SBIR DETAILS

Research Type
Small Technology Transfer Research Program (STTR) Phase I
Title
Enhanced Silicon Solar Cells for UAVs
Abstract
Solar cells for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) must be cost effective, lightweight, and high performance. Current solar UAVs leverage one of two cell technologies: Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) and silicon. GaAs cells are able to achieve high efficiency levels (above 30%) but their high cost ($100 - $200 per watt) makes them unaffordable for most applications. Silicon cells are far lower cost (roughly $1-$3 per watt), but their efficiency levels are lower (20-25%). A recent study published by our team has demonstrated the ability to enhance the performance of medium-grade silicon cells by 10% to 54% after applying a thin film layer of nano particles made of semiconductor oxides (ZnO) that captures energy in the UV spectrum and down-converts it to visible wavelengths that can be captured by silicon. If the same performance improvement can be achieved with the highest-grade silicon cells, then these lower-cost cells would reach performance levels only previously attainable with GaAs, but at 100X lower cost. This technology breakthrough would reduce the cost of solar-based UAVs by more than 50%. This project will demonstrate that by carefully selecting the thickness, composition and doping of ZnO nano particle layer attached to the silicon solar cell of nominal conversion efficiency 25%, we can attain a conversion efficiency approach numbers only previously attainable using Gallium-Arsenide (GaAs).  
Topic Code
AF20C-TCSO1
Solicitation Number
X20.C
Contact
Allen Gardner
(858) 775-9136
allen.gardner@skydweller.us

STATUS
(Complete)

Period of Performance

2/8/21

Start Date

5/8/21

Current End Date

5/8/21

Potential End Date
100% Complete

Obligations

$49.7K

Total Obligated

$49.7K

Current Award

$49.7K

Potential Award
100% Funded

AWARD RELATIONSHIPS

Purchase Order

FA864921P0746

Subcontracts

-

Purchase Order

FA864921P0746

Subs

-

ACTIVITY TIMELINE

SUBCONTRACT AWARDS

Opportunity Lifecycle

HISTORY

COMPETITION
Solicitation Procedures
Negotiated Proposal/Quote
Number of Offers Received
353
Other Than Full and Open Competition
None
Evaluated Preference
None
Commercial Item Acquisition
Commercial Item
Simplified Procedures for Commercial Items
No

OTHER CATEGORIZATIONS

Subcontracting Plan
Plan Not Required
National Interest Action
None
IT Commercial Item Category
Not Applicable
AGENCY DETAIL
Created By
richard.porter.12.fa8649@us.af.mil
Last Modified By
richard.porter.12.fa8649@us.af.mil
Approved By
richard.porter.12.fa8649@us.af.mil
Awarding Office
FA8649 FA8649 USAF SBIR STTR CONTRACTING
Funding Office
F4FBEQ F4FBEQ AFRL RGF

LEGISLATIVE MANDATES

Clinger-Cohen Act Compliant
No
Construction Wage Rate Requirements
Not Applicable
Labor Standards
Not Applicable
Materials, Supplies, Articles & Equipment
Not Applicable
Last Modified: 7/8/21


PIID: FA8649-21-P-0746