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Emcore to Supply Solar Cells for India’s Space Research

Photonics.com
Jun 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 21, 2013 — Emcore Corp., a maker of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for fiber optics and solar power, will make and test high-efficiency multijunction solar-cell assemblies for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) under a $22 million supply contract announced Thursday.

The assemblies will be used in ISRO’s commercial geostationary telecommunications and scientific Earth observation satellite missions; over the past four decades, ISRO has launched more than 65 satellites for various commercial and scientific purposes.

Emcore has been supplying solar cell products to ISRO for the past 15 years. Under the new multiyear contract, it expects to deliver coverglass interconnected cells (CICs) incorporating its highest-efficiency (near 30 percent) 3rd Generation Triple-Junction and Advanced Triple-Junction solar cells for multiple satellite missions, the company said.

“This contract is a very significant award for Emcore,” said Dr. Brad Clevenger, general manager of Emcore’s Photovoltaics Div. “It further reinforces our successful heritage in the Asia-Pacific satellite market, and expands our market share for both commercial and scientific missions.”

For more information, visit: www.emcore.com or http://isro.org/index.aspx


GLOSSARY
solar cell
A device for converting sunlight into electrical energy, consisting of a sandwich of P-type and N-type semiconducting wafers. A photon with sufficient energy striking the cell can dislodge an electron from an atom near the interface of the two crystal types. Electrons released in this way, collected at an electrode, can constitute an electrical current.
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