Wednesday July 2, 2014 0 comments
THORNTON - Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTI), a manufacturer and developer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules, announced today its flexible, lightweight PV modules were selected by Vanguard Space Technologies for its NASA Small Business Innovative Research program.
The program is intended to develop an economical, lightweight alternative to existing and emerging high-cost solar arrays for high-power space applications.
Vanguard is using proprietary space environment protection technology along with automated manufacturing approaches to create an ultra-thin, high-power-to-weight ratio, large space solar array.
The arrays will be enabled by Ascent's flexible copper-indium-gallium-selenium (CIGS) technology.
"We are proud to have been chosen by Vanguard Space Technologies for this project," said Dr. Joseph Armstrong, Ascent's chief technology officer.
"By starting with our production CIGS monolithically-integrated modules, we can provide Vanguard with a module that is tuned for the space environment, and in a similar way to our products enabling novel commercial goods, our space CIGS modules will enable Vanguard to utilize its unique protective coating and design expertise to succeed in their goal of providing NASA an economical pathway for powering these future missions."