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18 June 2014

Emcore awarded new long-term solar cell supply contract by SSL

Emcore Corp of Albuquerque, NM, USA, which makes compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber-optic and solar power markets, has entered into a new long-term supply agreement with Space Systems/Loral LLC (SS/L, a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications) to manufacture and deliver multi-junction solar cells for SSL’s satellite programs. Representing the largest contract in Emcore’s history, the new contract follows several other earlier long-term supply agreements between SSL and Emcore.

Emcore has been supplying SSL with solar cells for its satellite programs for 15 years, and in early 2013 delivered its millionth multi-junction solar cell to SSL (which will ultimately represent more than a megawatt of power delivered into space). Emcore says that its long-term business relationship with SSL has been an important component in the growth of its Photovoltaics division since 1998.

“After so many years of working together, Emcore is not just a trusted supplier, but also a part of the extended SSL team,” comments Vivian Mackintosh, VP, Supply Chain Management at SSL. “Emcore makes an important contribution to help SSL meet the demand for the world's highest power spacecraft,” he adds.

“SSL has been a cornerstone of our satellite solar power business,” says Dr Brad Clevenger, executive VP & general manager of Emcore’s Photovoltaics Division.

“We value our long history as a key supplier of solar cells for SSL's space programs and are especially proud that our solar cells have continued to meet SSL's requirements for performance and reliability for 15 years,” says Navid Fatemi, VP of business development of Emcore’s Photovoltaics Division.

Emcore manufactures radiation-hard solar cells for space power applications. With a beginning-of-life (BOL) conversion efficiency nearing 30% and the option for a patented, onboard monolithic bypass diode, its multi-junction solar cells provide amongst the highest available power to interplanetary spacecraft and earth-orbiting satellites, claims the firm. Since 2001 the firm’s solar cells or panels have supplied primary power to 130 space missions.

See related items:

Emcore delivers millionth solar cell to Space Systems/Loral

Multi-year supply deal with Space Systems/Loral yields Emcore’s second biggest PV contract

Emcore wins Supplier Excellence Award from Space Systems/Loral

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

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