A multidisciplinary team of leading European RTOs and industries bundle their resources and efforts in a joint 36 month effort to execute the related project activities.
Organised as 8 closely interrelated and interacting work packages, this coordinated effort European action strives for maximum impact of the OLEDSOLAR project.
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy (VTT)
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law and operating under the ownership steering of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
VTT is an RTO whose activities are focused on three areas: Knowledge intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment. VTT is impact-driven and takes advantage from its wide multi-technological knowledge base to strengthen Finnish and European industrial competitiveness. VTT can combine different technologies, produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, and create business intelligence and value added for its stakeholders.
VTT has a staff of 2128, net turnover in 2016 was 162,6M€ and other operational incomes were 86,4M€. Over the years, VTT has gained vast experience from participation and coordination of numerous European projects including R&D Framework Programme projects and other thematic frameworks and programmes. VTT is ranked among the leading European RTOs.
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG)
The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FEP) is one of 60 research institutes within the Fraunhofer Society, the largest society for applied research in Europe. In July 2014 Fraunhofer FEP was merged with the former Fraunhofer COMEDD. The core competences of the FEP are novel device technologies in the field of organic electronics based on vacuum coating technologies, like thermal evaporation, pulse-magnetron-sputtering, plasma activated evaporation and plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition. FEP concentrates on applied, industry-oriented research both in public-funded joint projects as well as in direct research contracts with industrial companies. One major field of FEP is the coating of flexible products like polymer webs, ultra-thin glass and metal foils. Both, high throughput plasma-assisted evaporation as well as high quality magnetron-sputtering are used to coat polymer surfaces with transparent conductive oxides, permeation barrier layers and optical layer stacks as well as metal surfaces with scratch resistant, electrical insulation or chemical protection layers. Based on the existing infrastructure FEP can offer product developments starting with the system
concept till pilot fabrication level.
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Narrturwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO)
TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO) is one of the major contract research organisations in Europe with a staff of circa 3500 and an annual turnover of 580 million Euros. TNO carries out research in order to achieve impact in themes: Healthy Living, Industrial Innovation, Transport and Mobility, Energy, Built Environment, Information Society, and Defence, Safety and Security. TNO acts as an intermediary between basic research and industry. By translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, TNO contributes to the innovation capacity of businesses and government.
TNO has extensive experience in EC research and project management through involvement in coordinating and participation in hundreds of EU projects. In the theme of Industrial Innovation the focus is on innovation in the areas of high-tech systems and materials, manufacturing, the sustainable chemical industry and space applications. The Thin Film Technology research group will contribute to this project. It has as main activities development, modelling and control of deposition, patterning and interconnect processes for economical and durable thin film PV cells. The group is on the forefront of process and equipment development of spatial (including R2R and S2S) ALD of barrier, buffer and electrode layers, and front electrode grid applications, and of advanced tests development for cell and module stability testing. TNO has expertise and facilities concerning the growth and the physical/electrical characterisation of CIGS-based solar cells.
IRIS Technology Solutions, SL (IRIS)
IRIS (http://www.iristechnologygroup.com/) is an advanced engineering & technology SME with operations in Spain (Barcelona & Madrid) and Ireland (Dublin) that works closely with industries around Europe to develop bespoke monitoring and control solutions that enable their transition to the Industry4.0 paradigm. Specifically, IRIS specializes in the manufacture and integration of real-time in-process monitoring (PAT) solutions for the process industries and IoT systems for smart manufacturing. Our product line comprises proprietary state-of-the-art analyzers for at-line and in-line process monitoring including (Near)Infrared, Hyperspectral Imaging, Spectral Reflectance and Laser Diffraction. In addition, we leverage ICTs, whereby we apply Artificial Intelligence (e.g. Machine Learning) and Data Mining techniques for predictive and active process control, as well as for decision support systems. We develop both local and cloud-based solutions that combine data security with remote monitoring and multi-site capabilities.
ARMOR specializes in the industrial formulation of inks and the coating of thin layers onto thin films. The Group is the global market leader in the design and manufacture of thermal transfer ribbons for printing variable traceability data on labels and flexible packaging. The European market leader in innovative and sustainable printing services and consumables, the Group is a pioneer in the development and production of industrial inks and innovative materials, such as organic solar films, coated collectors for electric batteries and bespoke filaments for additive manufacturing. With an international presence, ARMOR has nearly 2,000 employees in some 20 different countries. In 2019 it posted annual revenue of €280m. Each year the group invests nearly €30m in industrial equipment and R&D. ARMOR is a responsible company committed to stimulating innovation within society.
ARMOR solar power films, a subsidiary of ARMOR Group, designs and develops intelligent, tailor-made, flexible and low-carbon solar energy solutions on an industrial scale for its international partners. Its team of experts of sixty people is spread over France, Germany and West Africa.
ARMOR solar power films GmbH (ASPF) is located in Nuremberg and Kitzingen and is among the world leaders in the field of organic photovoltaics (OPV). ASPF produces organic solar cells with a focus on client-specific solutions. In addition, the company is also active in the field of research and development, in order to continue to provide its clients with creative and innovative solutions. ASPF uses a unique production process, combining printing, lamination, and laser techniques. This advanced technology is easily scalable and allows the production of the utmost individual, customer-specific designs. ASPF also helps clients with system solutions in order to integrate OPVs into already existing or new products. With some 100 clients and projects in 15 countries worldwide, ASPF enjoys rare expertise that enables it to integrate flexible organic photovoltaic films into multiple materials including but not limited to textiles, polycarbonate, glass and ETFE. ASPF is a pioneer in numerous architectural projects, e.g. solarization of the diplomatic headquarters of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), installation of solar sunshades at the Thüringen State Horticultural Show (Germany) and the covering of multiple buildings in Germany. The company differentiates itself from all other global operators in the flexible organic photovoltaic film market by its proficiency in free-form technology, which allows for artistic creativity to produce customized and original photovoltaic shapes in a variety of colours supporting the high added-value architectural preferences of leading designers.
TWI Limited (TWI)
Established in Cambridge, UK in 1946 and with several facilities across the globe, TWI Ltd (www.twi-global.com) is one of the world-leading not-for-profit research and technology organisations with a turnover in 2016 of £60m (€69million). From bases in the UK, South East Asia, India, the Middle East, Central Asia and the USA, nearly 800 staff provide expertise in joining and fabrication, material science and structural integrity. Services include generic research; contract R&D; technical information; engineering services and advice; standards development; and training and qualification services. With over sixty years of service to industry, TWI has worked in almost every conceivable sector, adding value to such disparate areas as offshore wind turbines and oil-platforms; motorsports; bridges; microchips; nuclear power plants; advanced aircraft, both civilian and military; medical implants; solar-panels and many more. TWI’s business is built around the development and exploitation of advanced technologies. It is a company on the cutting edge of technological advancement and is recognised as one of the world’s leading research and technology organisations.
Centre Suisse D’Electronique Et De Microtechnique SA (CSEM)
The CSEM is a privately held, R&D center established in 1984 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. From the beginning, CSEM has been committed to both applied and order-related R&D. This bridge function between economics and science is still a core aspect of the company, and CSEM has continuously adapted its research areas to the needs of industry. In addition to its initial proximity to the watchmaking industry, CSEM has expanded its fields of activity and now offers a wide range of technologies for various markets.
The CSEM has currently more than 400 employees and is mainly active in the fields of micro/nanotechnology, microelectronics, systems engineering, and information and communication technologies carrying out applied research, development, prototyping and small series production. The CSEM has the competencies required to support its clients at each stage of development and provide the following services according to their needs.
Solibro Hi-Tech GmbH (Solibro)
The Solibro Hi-Tech GmbH located in Solar Valley is a pioneer in the field of CIGS thin-film technology. Its focus is on the continuous improvement of all products and production systems, as well as the expansion of the existing production capacities in the context of international turnkey projects. In cooperation with the Solibro Research AB in Sweden and the Solibro GmbH at the same location in Germany, joint work is carried out aimed at the advancement of our products and processes, in order to always be able to offer our customers state-of-the-art modules and production facilities.
Founded in Nijmegen, the Netherlands in 1936, SMIT Thermal Solutions is a leading supplier of customized thermal equipment and processes.
Our SMIT Technology Wuxi production plant is established to serve the chinese market with European design equipment for battery, automotive, solar and semiconductor applications.
At Smit, we design and manufacture thermal process solutions for high-volume manufacturing. SMIT’s core competences are not limited to thermal treatment, but include deposition processes using thermal evaporation, (PE)CVD and ALD for both rigid and flexible substrates, we’re constantly innovating. It employs around 60 people and currently has more than 3000 installations operating, including some 150 in the solar- and battery industry.
Today, we focus on thin film applications, acting as an expert partner to manufacturers aiming for cost-effective mass production.
Brunel University London (BUL)
Brunel University has been highly successful in creating an industrial innovation research resources, named Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC), which sits between the knowledge base and industry, supporting partners in industry to transfer academic research into industrial application. Brunel has a wide range of knowledge and expertise in the following research areas: (i) Power ultrasonics; detection, cleaning of fouling and fouling prevention techniques non-invasively software, anti- or de-icing application (ii) Smart Non Destructive Testing (NDT); autonomous devices, miniaturised multifunction systems for NDE in bespoke environments; marine, high temperature, aerospace, pattern recognition hardware / software, (iii) Active Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Condition Monitoring (iv) Design of associated hardware and software (v) Signal and image processing and numerical modelling – Noise reduction, signal condition and control (including active vibration control), data interpretation and analysis, (vi) Automation and robotics of inspection system, (vii) Improved or new and robust sensors (Piezoelectric, Electromagnetic) e.g. high temperature inspection, transduction (viii) Electronics – Low power consumption for multiple channels, wireless, high speed, wideband, fast bps, energy harvesting, (ix) Structure integrity assessment of offshore facilities, (x) Fatigue & fracture analysis.
Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion (LEITAT)
LEITAT Technological Center, founded in 1906, is a private non-profit RTO with more than 110 years of deep knowledge and valuable experience in industrial innovation. We transform technological solutions and scientific results into economic and competitive values for our clients and collaborating entities. LEITAT is strongly committed to over 1500 customers that benefit from our creative and innovative solutions. LEITAT provides added value to customers by delivering technological innovations through applied research and development activities in areas including advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, renewable energies, storage system, circular economy, sustainability and biotechnology. LEITAT rely upon over 240 highly skilled team members who deliver flexible and innovative solutions in the face of any industrial challenge.
Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH (Coatema)
COATEMA stands for high quality coating, laminating and printing plants and has been successful in the field for more than 40 years. It offers equipment solution for laboratory R&D, for pilot plants and custom made production equipment. The company is a leading supplier of
variable multifunction coating plants with many economic advantages (e.g. the modular Click&Coat® system), do their own R&D in important application fields, hold patents for pioneering solutions, and have been awarded with innovation prizes.
Coatema has Europe’s largest lab for R&D in coating technology and is able to offer Know-how, full service solutions and to control whole production processes. The unique combination of know-how and facilities makes them first choice to successfully work on the project tasks with respect to inline coating and pilot line production. Within the R&D Centre the demonstration and realisation of production processes are possible using existing pilot lines.
DuPont Teijin Films UK Ltd (DTF)
DuPont Teijin Films is a leading global producer of PET and PEN polyester films, specialising in film products and related services for the Healthcare, Photovoltaics, Durable Labels, Imaging Media, Flexible Electronics, Packaging, Electrical Insulation, Capacitors Industries and many more. We have dedicated marketing, technical and manufacturing operations worldwide. One of the market areas we focus on is the Flexible Electronics market and have spent significant efforts in developing specialised substrates to meet the needs for dimensional stability at elevated temperatures, UV absorbtion, low haze high transmittance, light outcoupling, thermoformability and last but not least clean and smooth surfaces.
Silicon Austria Labs GmbH (SAL)
SAL is Austria’s newly founded flagship RTO for applied research into electronic-based systems, from components, assemblies and devices incorporating micro and nanoelectronics to embedded software. Originating from an effort of ECSEL Austria, SAL conducts research right at the technological backbone of digitization, with special excellence foci on Sensor Systems, RF Systems, Power Electronics and System Integration. Research is carried out at model, hardware and embedded software levels, in conjunction with a holistic knowledge of comprehensive systems integration.
As of July 2019, CTR Carinthian Tech Research AG, one of Austria’s most established non-university research centres for Advanced Sensor Systems and Smart System Integration, will be fully integrated in SAL. The responsible SAL division “Sensor Systems” can thus rely on more than 20 years of experience and a permanent staff of around 60 researchers to cover the entire R&D chain, from proof of concept to prototype development, and the related extensive experience in conducting and managing national and international R&D projects.
ADVANCED ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES S.A. (Advent)
ADVENT TECHNOLOGIES S.A. (AT) develops new materials and systems for renewable energy technologies, such as plastic photovoltaics and high temperature PEM fuel cells. The Company, founded by researchers from the Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas (FORTH-ICEHT) and the University of Patras, is a spin-off operation from these two academic institutions and is funded by financial institutional investors (Connecticut Innovations, Piraeus Capital Management, Dolphin Capital PLC), industrial partners (Systems Sunlight S.A., Velti PLC, ILPRA S.A) as well as angel investors. The activity in plastic photovoltaics and related materials goes back to 2001 where the cofounders of Advent were engaged in an R&D contract activity from University of Patras and FORTH/ICEHT with the world industry leader Konarka Technologies of Lowell, MA.
INURU GmbH. (INURU)
Inuru Gmbh is a German-based printed light & displays and printed electronics company, positioned as an innovative R&D&I player in ultra-thin, low cost electronic devices industry. Inuru is the world leader of OLED containing paper products for advertisement purposes. Inuru has its own inks, printing process, battery and OLED production, which is done by ink-jet printing. The core of INURU’s technology is a low cost OLED solution, based on paper-thin & bright organic light source, printed with standard printing equipment in ambient conditions. This cutting-edge eco-friendly technology finds use in a wide range of low-cost and flexible applications, in particular, full displays for smartphones and TVs. INURU builds on the expertise and strong research track-record of a team composed by high-calibre professionals in the field of organic and printed electronics. INURU run its own facility and printed flexible OLED manufacturing production line in Berlin.