MicroLink Devices UK Ltd awarded 2-year contract to develop ELO solar cells for SBSP applications

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After a study conducted by Frazer-Nash Consultancy concluded space-based solar was viable, The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) provided £3m in funding to projects that are developing Space Based Solar Power (SBSP) related technologies. A government-backed organisation, Space Energy Initiative (SEI) has been established, with 46 members including Thales Alenia Space, Airbus, National Grid and International Electric Company (IECL).

MicroLink Devices UK Ltd has been awarded a 2-year contract to develop it’s ELO based solar cells for the potential use on a SBSP platform.  Julie Fazackerley of MicroLink Devices UK adds “MicroLink Devices UK Ltd is part of the UK effort developing the cutting edge technology behind Space Based Solar Power and is producing a solar cell specifically for this purpose. Our solar cells have many unique advantages compared to traditional multi-junction solar cells, supporting the space industry’s call for a reduction in critical raw materials, weight and a reduction in manufacturing and launch costs. MicroLink’s reach from Aerospace into the space industry is the next step on our exciting journey.”