September 28, 2011
Chicago, IL - MicroLink Devices, Inc. (www.mldevices.com), a Niles, IL-based manufacturer of solar cells and sheets, and of wireless communications materials, has been awarded a contract from United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to develop a lightweight, robust, efficient solar sheet for portable power generation. This sheet will contain MicroLink’s latest generation of high-efficiency epitaxial lift-off (ELO) solar cell. The sheet is intended to be attached to the backpack carried by an individual warfighter, and will charge equipment batteries while on the move. A key objective of this work is to package the cells so that they have a long endurance in field conditions.
According to Dr. Noren Pan, MicroLink’s President and CEO, "MicroLink is delighted to receive this contract. MicroLink’s solar cells offer a unique combination of high performance, low weight, and flexibility at a reasonable price. They are ideally suited to an application like the backpack solar sheet." Pan added, "MicroLink is proud to be able to support the military by making equipment that will help our warfighters."
About MicroLink Devices, Inc.
MicroLink Devices, Inc. was founded in 2000 by Dr. Noren Pan, its current president and CEO. The company specializes in metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) growth of semiconductor structures for use in communications devices, and in the growth and fabrication of advanced solar cells for space, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and terrestrial use. MicroLink also performs engineering research and development services: it has collaborated on commercial research and development projects with many other companies, and has been a prime federal contractor on many solar cell, optoelectronics, and electronics projects since 2003. The company has earned ISO 9001 Certification for its quality and service practices.
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