July 2, 2014 - Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc announced today that its PV modules were selected by Vanguard Space Technologies for their NASA Small Business Innovative Research program.
These arrays will be enabled by Ascent's flexible CIGS technology; Ascent will leverage their experience with space-based solar products to provide space-optimized variants of their production PV.
"We are proud to have been chosen by Vanguard Space Technologies for this project," stated Dr. Joseph Armstrong, Chief Technology Officer of Ascent Solar. "Existing and emerging space solar cell technologies, particularly when utilized in very large scale solar arrays, can present problems to the spacecraft designer, both in terms of cost and availability. 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."
"Vanguard is pleased to have the opportunity to incorporate Ascent's CIGS cells into our solar array modules", said Mr. Frank Belknap, CEO of Vanguard. "The advent of our extreme environment thin film coatings, automated manufacturing friendly array design, and Ascent's proven cell technology provides an ideal solution for next generation durable, affordable, large-area space solar arrays."