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Multijunction solar cell technology for Mars surface applications

Show simple item record Stella, Paul M. Mardesich, Nick Ewell, Richard C. Mueller, Robert L. Endicter, Scott Aiken, Daniel Edmondson, Kenneth Fetze, Chris 2009-04-08T20:40:36Z 2009-04-08T20:40:36Z 2006-05-07
dc.identifier.citation IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, Waikoloa, Hawaii, May 7-12, 2006. en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 06-1382
dc.description.abstract Solar cells used for Mars surface applications have been commercial space qualified AM0 optimized devices. Due to the Martian atmosphere, these cells are not optimized for the Mars surface and as a result operate at a reduced efficiency. A multi-year program, MOST (Mars Optimized Solar Cell Technology), managed by JPL and funded by NASA Code S, was initiated in 2004, to develop tools to modify commercial AM0 cells for the Mars surface solar spectrum and to fabricate Mars optimized devices for verification. This effort required defining the surface incident spectrum, developing an appropriate laboratory solar simulator measurement capability, and to develop and test commercial cells modified for the Mars surface spectrum. This paper discusses the program, including results for the initial modified cells. Simulated Mars surface measurements of MER cells and Phoenix Lander cells (2007 launch) are provided to characterize the performance loss for those missions. In addition, the performance of the MER rover solar arrays is updated to reflect their more than two (2) year operation. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2006. en_US
dc.subject solar cells en_US
dc.subject subcells en_US
dc.subject Mars surface en_US
dc.subject Mars solar cell en_US
dc.title Multijunction solar cell technology for Mars surface applications en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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