Center for Autonomous Solar Power
Final rept. 13 Jan 2010-30 Jun 2012
STATE UNIV OF NEW YORK AT BINGHAMTON
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The goals of the research program in the Center for Autonomous Solar power are to conduct research and development in thin film solar cells on flexible substrates for low cost fabrication on roll-to-roll manufacturing. The materials chosen for the cells are earth abundant and nontoxic. The expected outcome is very low cost solar cells that will be competitive in performance and well below current market prices in dollarswatt. Flexible solar cells are useful in building integrated photovoltaic voltaic systems and in military applications in austere environments. A related research program focuses on ultracapacitors using new materials as well. With sufficiently high energy densities, ultracapacitors can replace batteries for energy storage and offer other advantages in lifetime and in tolerating a wider operating temperature range.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution