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29 September 2009


Ascent and Energy Technologies collaborate on solar systems for soft-walled military shelters

Ascent Solar Technologies Inc of Thornton, CO, USA, a developer of flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), has signed a cooperation agreement with Energy Technologies Inc of Mansfield, OH, USA.

Since 1992, Energy Technologies has provided rugged products for power production, conditioning, and control in the military, government, industrial, medical and telecoms sectors.

The collaboration will focus on the development of hybrid solar power generation systems for rapidly deployable tactical soft-walled shelters for the US military.

Using its existing 1.5MW commercial production line at its former headquarters in Littleton, CO, Ascent Solar has supplied Energy Technologies with products for a military shelter that has been used in demonstrations to potential military customers.

Energy Technologies will also showcase Ascent’s 2m-long modules on a soft-walled shelter at two upcoming expositions: Modern Day Marine in Quantico, VI (29 September) and the 2009 Association of the US Army Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC (1 October).

Ascent Solar intends to supply Energy Technologies with modules for subsequent 2010 demonstration projects from its upcoming 30MW high-volume production line at its new headquarters in Thornton, CO (opened in March).

“Ascent Solar’s flexible, light-weight PV modules work well with our hybrid military power systems and are now being integrated into ETI’s tactical soft-walled shelter, which will be on demonstration in Quantico, Virginia and Washington DC,” says Energy Technologies’ VP sales Tim Lowe.

“Our material is well suited for integration into various portable and tactical solar-powered solutions for the military,” says Ascent Solar's president & CEO Farhad Moghadam. “Working with experienced specialty integrators like Energy Technologies has helped expand our development and penetration into this exclusive market,” he adds.

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