Ascent Solar Pioneers the Next Generation of Flexible Solar With New Patents

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Source: Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc.

THORNTON, CO and WASHINGTON, DC -- Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTI), a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules integrated into the company's EnerPlex™ series of consumer products, announced today the Company was issued the second of two US Patents, in December, pertaining to the company's solar manufacturing process.

'In conjunction with US patent 9,209,322 issued earlier this month and pending applications, Ascent secures an avenue of intellectual property rights covering multiple opportunities for improved processes and performance of the Company's energy products,' stated Dr. Joseph Armstrong, founder and CTO of Ascent Solar Technologies.

Dr. Armstrong continued, 'As Ascent pioneers the next generation of CIGS (Copper-Indium-Gallium-di-Selenide), this novel back contact, and the improvements related to our demonstrated ability to manufacture our PV on thinner plastics will lead to significant application opportunities not only in Ascent's aerospace products, but in the Company's EnerPlex consumer products as well.'

About Ascent Solar Technologies and EnerPlex:

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is a developer of award winning thin-film photovoltaic modules with substrate materials that are more flexible, versatile and rugged than traditional solar panels. Ascent Solar modules can be directly integrated into consumer products and off-grid applications, as well as aerospace and building integrated applications. EnerPlex is the Company's brand of consumer products and is a division of Ascent Solar. Ascent Solar and EnerPlex are headquartered in Thornton, Colorado. For more information, go to www.goenerplex.com and www.ascentsolar.com.

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