The ECL houses laboratory and test facilities that support the research and development of advanced photovoltaic and other power technologies. These technologies include; advanced III-V solar cells, nanoparticle enhanced solar cells, and radioisotope thermophotovoltaics and advanced solar array technology.
The facilities encompass a full range of capabilities: from fundamental materials and device research, to applied research supporting missions currently in development; from devise/component characterization, to environmental testing of solar cells/arrays.
Organometallic Vapor Phase Epitaxy (OMVPE) Facility
- 1200 sq. ft facility containing two (2) OMVPE reactors.
- FY05 CoF project renovating the facility including the installation of a state-of-the-art OMVPE deposition system capable of growth on multiple and/or larger substrates and in-situ materials analysis.
- Commercial Veeco D125 deposition system allows for much quicker transfer of technology to the solar cell industry.
- Substrate rotation and in-situ analysis capabilities allow for much greater materials uniformity.
Material Analysis and Characterization Equipment
- Two (2) Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM)
- Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDAX)
- Two (2) X-ray diffraction machines
- Nomarski Microscopy
- Hall Effect electrical characterization
- Polaron electrochemical material analysis
- Rapid Photoluminescence Mapping
- Reverse Bias Luminescence Microscopy
- Fourier Transform IR Spectrometer (FTIR)
- Photoluminescence lab/equipment
Solar Cell and Array Calibration and Testing Equipment
- Dual Source Solar Simulator – cells and small arrays
- Spectral Response Analysis
- Flash Solar Simulator – larger arrays
- Lear Jet Calibration Facility
- High Altitude Balloon Calibration (beginning in CY10)
- Plasma interaction facility (PIF) for testing of space environmental effects on solar arrays components
- Dust interaction/solar array test facilit
- High temperature solar cell stability analysis
- Space environment design and fabrication
Solar Cell/Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) Processing Facilities
- Vapor Deposition Lab for contact metallization
- Photolithography Lab/equipment
- TPV selective emitter/characterization
- TPV materials degradation analysis
High Efficiency Solar Cells on Optimum Substrates
- Development of high efficiency solar cells on lightweight flexible substrates such as molybdenum foil, poly Germanium, and Kapton to increase the specific power
- Development of advanced Monolithic Integrated Modules (MIM) for use with the General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS).
Quantum Dot Solar Cells
- Insertion of nano-materials into the intrinsic region of III-V based solar cells to increase the efficiency and radiation resistance of the devices.
R&D for Advanced Semiconductor Devices
- Development of advance photovoltaic devices
- Deposition of III-V materials for sensors
- Light Emitting Diode (LED) development
R&D for Advanced Solar Array Concepts
- Blanket components and array designs
- NASA, DoD, and commercial mission applications
- Unique testing methodology development
Point of Contact: Eric Clark, 216-433-3926