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Emcore Secures Solar Panels Contract

Photonics Spectra
Jun 2012
Emcore Corp. has been awarded a $6 million, two-year contract by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., to design, manufacture, test and deliver solar panels for a new spacecraft. The panels will be populated with Emcore’s ZTJ multijunction, space-grade solar cells, which deliver a beginning-of-life conversion efficiency nearing 30 percent, with the option for a patented, onboard monolithic bypass diode. Production of the solar cells and panels will take place at the company’s Albuquerque, N.M., manufacturing facilities.



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photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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