Nanosys today announced that the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a contract to Nanosys and its collaborators to support the development of flexible low cost solar cells.
The award has a potential value of approximately $14 million over a five-year period. The initial 12-month Phase 1 of the program will include up to $2.2 million of funding to Palo Alto, California based Nanosys and its collaborators. Additional phases of development will be funded based on the approval of DARPA.
The approved program will focus on the development of nanotechnology based high efficiency flexible solar cells that are lightweight and low-cost to provide power generation solutions for military applications.
Nanosys will manage the contract and will collaborate with research and development partners including the University of California at Berkeley, Battelle Memorial Institute, and SAIC.
“The US Department of Defense requires flexible, reduced weight power solutions for applications ranging from dismounted combatants on earth to high altitude airships and spacecraft,” said Darrel Hopper, Principal Electronics Engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, who is DARPA’s Agent and Program Manager for the Nanosys effort.
“The Nanosys shaped-nanocrystal nanocomposite approach to flexible organic photovoltaic cells is extraordinarily creative and has the potential to provide the revolutionary renewable power technology sought by DARPA,” added Hopper.