January 25, 2013

Niles, IL - MicroLink Devices, Inc. (www.mldevices.com), a Niles, Illinois-based semiconductor manufacturer and leader in the development of high-efficiency solar cells, announced that it has developed a lightweight, flexible, high-efficiency solar sheet suitable for powering small electrical equipment off the power grid.  The sheet has a conversion efficiency of 29%, generates up to 9.25 watts in a 320 cm2 active area, and weighs 230 grams per square meter.  The sheet is highly flexible and can be wrapped around a cylinder a few inches in diameter without damage.  

MicroLink’s high-efficiency solar sheet.  This sheet contains thirty solar cells, each with area 20 cm2.
The total power generated by this sheet is up to 17.5 W. 

The solar sheet is enabled by MicroLink’s proprietary epitaxial lift-off (ELO) technology, in which a triple-junction solar cell is removed from the semiconductor wafer on which it is grown.  The solar cell is mounted on a metal sheet, which provides mechanical support to the thin, brittle solar cell material.  The efficiency of the 20-cm2 solar cell, which resembles a sheet of thin metal foil, is up to 32.2%.  The ELO process permits the solar cell to be removed from the semiconductor wafer without damaging the wafer, which can be reused multiple times.  This enables a substantial reduction in the cost of the ELO solar cell compared with conventional triple-junction solar cells. 

Dr. Noren Pan, the President and CEO of MicroLink Devices, said, “We are extremely proud to have developed this high-performance solar sheet.  We know of no other device that offers a comparable performance in terms of efficiency and weight”. 

MicroLink is currently transitioning its solar sheets from research and development to practical applications.  In a project funded by the US Air Force Research Laboratory, the solar sheets have been mounted on the wings of Raven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), resulting in a doubling of the UAV endurance.  In another project funded by the US Naval Research Laboratory, the solar sheets have been mounted on the backpack worn by a US Marine.  The collected energy is used to charge a BB-2590 battery.  The goal of the program is to reduce the weight of batteries carried by the Marine.

About MicroLink Devices, Inc.
Dr. Pan co-founded MicroLink Devices in 2000.  MicroLink has specialized in the growth of epitaxial structures that are used to make the high performance HBTs and power amplifiers that are essential to the high-speed communications industry.  The company has earned ISO 9001 Certification for its quality and service practices.  Over the last six years, MicroLink has been a prime federal contractor on projects to develop solar cells, detectors, lasers, and high-speed transistors.  MicroLink Devices has also collaborated with many other companies on research and development projects, the results of which have become widely used commercial products.

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December 21, 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 received notification that it has been selected for award of three research contracts from NASA.  Two of the contracts are SBIR Phase I; one involves high-volume production of lightweight, multi-junction solar cells using 6-inch GaAs; the other involves the development of a lightweight, flexible photovoltaic module.  The third contract is STTR Phase I and involves the development of epitaxial lift-off (ELO) photovoltaic devices that contain quantum dots. 

According to Dr. Noren Pan, MicroLink’s President and CEO, “We are very excited by these awards.  The SBIR and STTR programs are extremely competitive and it is a testament to MicroLink’s innovative solar cell technology and to the quality of its engineering and scientific staff that NASA has awarded us three contracts.”  Pan added, “We look forward to the successful completion of these Phase I contracts over the next year and to transitioning the resulting technology into products. 

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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November 22, 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 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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MicroLink Devices Inc.
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(847) 588-3001
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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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MicroLink Devices Inc.
David McCallum, VP of Marketing
(847) 588-3001
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