Rugged solar technology to be provided to U.S. Army

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Solar technology startup, mPower Technology, announced that it won a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center. The award builds on a Phase I SBIR program and enables mPower Technology to develop and test solar modules for soldier portable and shelter power applications.

Building on its solar technology, Dragon SemiConductor Active Layer Embedded Solar (DragonSCALES), mPower Technology will attempt to meet the Army's requirements for cost-effective, flexible, high-efficiency, and rugged solar power products.

According to the company, DragonSCALES are made up of interconnected cells of efficient silicon that can be shaped and formed. Merging off-the-shelf silicon from the photovoltaic (PV) industry and existing processes from the microelectronics industry, DragonSCALES is intended to affordably enable a range of design possibilities for the military.