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Emcore Wins $7.4 Million Contract From US Airforce

The Solar Photovoltaics division, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, aims to develop III-V multi-junction solar cells of at least 33 percent efficiency
The Air Force division of the US Department of Defence has awarded Emcore a $7,364,902 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the "Advanced Multi-Junction Space Cell Producibility Programme".

Emcore solar cell

The aim of the project is to improve the manufacturing processing capabilities and qualify state of the art solar cells to at least 33 percent efficiency. In a production environment, the program is looking to qualify high efficiency, flexible or rigid, multi-junction space solar cells .

The programme is focussing on a number of critical requirements which are needed in warfight-specific satellites. These include high performance, lightness, compactness and low cost.

The cash will be used to develop Emcore's III-V multi-junction solar cells. The basic structure of the firm's highest efficiency solar cell (currently quoted as a minimum of 29.5%) is shown


Emcore ZTJ solar cell structure

The project is expected to be completed by April 13th, 2018.

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