SolAero will manufacture and supply high efficiency multi-junction solar cells for Indian Space Research Organisation
The US solar cells are being used for telecommunication and scientific earth observation satellite missions in India High efficiency US solar cells are being used to power space satellite missions in India. US solar cells supplier SolAero Technologies Corp. has entered into a USD 22m supply contract with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to manufacture, test, and deliver high-efficiency multi-junction solar cell assemblies for its commercial geostationary telecommunications and scientific earth observation satellite missions. The agreement continues SolAero’s relationship with the India space research organisation, which has supplied it with solar cell products for the past 15 years.
Over the term of the multi-year contract, SolAero said it expects to deliver Coverglass Interconnected Cells incorporating its highest-efficiency ZTJ and ATJ solar cells for multiple satellite missions.
The PV industry has seen significant efficiency boosts in US solar cells this year. This includes US firm Alta Devices, which achieved 30.8 per cent efficiency with its next generation solar cells in March.
With a conversion efficiency nearing 30 per cent, SolAero said the ZTJ solar cell is one of the highest performance multi-junction solar cells available on the market today.
Brad Clevenger, President & CEO, said: “This contract is a very significant award for SolAero. It further reinforces our successful heritage in the Asia-Pacific satellite market, and expands our market share for both commercial and scientific missions. SolAero has partnered with ISRO on many successful satellite missions, and we greatly value our long-standing business relationship. We look forward to supporting ISRO on its next phase of telecommunications and earth observation satellites.”
Over the past four decades ISRO has launched more than 65 satellites for various commercial and scientific applications. SolAero is a leading provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optic and solar power markets. The US solar cells firm has been a key supplier of solar cells to ISRO for the past 15 years, including supplying solar energy equipment to power several INSAT telecommunications missions.