November 22, 2011

Chicago, IL - MicroLink Devices, Inc. (, a Niles, IL-based manufacturer of solar cells and sheets, and of wireless communications materials, has been awarded an extension to its research contract with UES, a Dayton, OH-based science and technology company.  Under the extended contract, MicroLink will improve the performance of its existing high-efficiency, lightweight, flexible solar sheets.  MicroLink will also install its solar sheets on Wasp and Puma unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in order to enhance their performance.  Under the existing contract MicroLink successfully developed and installed solar sheets on the Raven RQ11-B UAV.  This research project is funded by the United States Air Force.

Dr. Noren Pan, MicroLink’s President and CEO, said, “MicroLink is very happy to receive this contract extension.  In the original contract, our solar sheets resulted in a substantial increase in the endurance of the Raven.  We expect similar results on the Wasp and Puma.  MicroLink’s solar cells offer a unique combination of high performance, low weight, and flexibility at a reasonable price.  They are very suitable for an application like this.” 

Pan also noted, "I am very proud of our technical team who have worked very hard to make the original contract a great success.  I look forward to full commercialization of MicroLink’s lightweight solar sheet technology" 

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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