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21 May 2009


Emcore secures long-term contract to supply Space Systems Loral with III-Vs-based multi-junction solar cells

Emcore Corp of Albuquerque, NM, USA says that its Photovoltaics Division has been awarded a long-term contract (2009 through 2014) by Space Systems Loral to supply high-efficiency, multi-junction solar cells for spacecraft programs.

"We have been supplying Space Systems/Loral with solar cells for more than 10 years, and we are delighted and grateful to continue this relationship for the foreseeable future," said Christopher Larocca, executive vice president and general manager of Emcore’s Solar Photovoltaics Division.

Emcore’s president and CEO Dr Hong Hou added: "Emcore's Photovoltaics Division continues to grow at a rapid pace, and has recently secured more than a dozen new production programs for fully integrated space solar panels as well as solar cells.”

Emcore claims to be the world’s largest manufacturer of highly efficient radiation-hard solar cells for space power applications. With a beginning-of-life conversion efficiency of 30% and the option for a patented, onboard monolithic bypass diode, Emcore says that its III-Vs-based multi-junction solar cells provide the highest power to interplanetary spacecrafts and earth orbiting satellites.

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