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30 January 2013

Emcore delivers millionth solar cell to Space Systems/Loral

Emcore Corp of Albuquerque, NM, USA, which manufacturers compound semiconductor-based systems for fiber-optic and solar power applications, recently delivered its 1 millionth high-efficiency, multi-junction solar cell to Space Systems/Loral (SS/L, a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications), which will ultimately represent more than 1MW of power delivered into space.

Emcore and SS/L (which delivers satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers worldwide) will mark the occasion with a special event at Emcore’s Albuquerque facilities during the week of 25 February, and with a commemorative award symbolizing the 1 millionth solar cell.

Emcore has been supplying Space Systems/Loral with multi-junction solar cells for more than 10 years and in May 2009 announced a long-term supply agreement to continue manufacturing and delivering solar cells for their spacecraft programs through 2014. Emcore says that the business relationship has been integral to the development of its photovoltaics division and the growth of its space satellite solar power business. Since its formation in 1998, Emcore Photovoltaics has grown to be the world's leading manufacturer of high-efficiency, multi-junction solar cells for space power applications, it is claimed.

“Delivering 1 million solar cells for more than 50 successful satellite launches by Space Systems/Loral is a tremendous milestone for Emcore and our space satellite solar business,” notes CEO Dr Hong Hou. “We look forward to working with Space Systems/Loral to power their satellite missions for many years to come.”

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