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Magnolia, DARPA Partner to Develop Portable Solar Power Source

Magnolia, DARPA Partner to Develop Portable Solar Power Source - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Magnolia, DARPA Partner to Develop Portable Solar Power Source - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has partnered with Magnolia Optical Technologies to develop a photovoltaic system under a Small Business Innovation Research effort.

The company said it aims to build power generator for military and commercial applications via the Phase II SBIR Program for Development of High-Performance Thin-Film Solar Cells for Portable Power Applications.

A PV device can help power unmanned aircraft, remote sensors and equipment of dismounted troops.

“The goal of the current program is to develop high-efficiency GaAs-based solar cells that maintain their performance over changing environmental conditions,“ said Roger Welser, chief technical officer of Magnolia.

Magnolia President Ashok Sood said the platform under development seeks to address key challenges associated with solar PV technology.

The Massachusetts-based company develops thin-film and nanostructure-based optical technologies for both defense and industrial use.

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