Solar Photovoltaics for U.S. Missile Defense

May 27, 2004 [] The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has recently taken an interest in solar photovoltaics as one possible technology that could help the agency with their goals to create a missile defense shield over the United States. Just over a month ago the agency announced a contract with Uni-Solar to research the feasibility of lining large airships with the company’s thin-film solar photovoltaic cells. Most recently, the MDA selected Austin, Texas-based HelioVolt Corporation to further develop their capabilities for predicting the performance of photovoltaic (PV) devices made from the Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS). Models would then be made to determine the feasibility of using HelioVolt’s patented FASST synthesis process to produce devices for electric power generation in high altitude airships.
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