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WhiteLase-2020 Report Summary

Project ID: 697549

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - WhiteLase-2020 (White Light Fibre Lasers - Highly Disruptive Illumination Technology for Industry and Medical Surgery)

Reporting period: 2015-10-01 to 2016-09-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

WhiteLase-2020 addresses the need in semiconductor manufacturing and medical markets for a high-end, industrially-robust, high-brightness illumination source having the spectrum of a lamp and the beam quality and reliability of a laser. Such a source will disrupt the €600m global market for industrial lighting and be a key enabler for the combined €7.5 billion Ophthalmic and Semiconductor Equipment markets which depend on them.

Within the WhiteLase-2020 project, Fianium is overcoming the challenges of engineering a newly developed (2014) scientific technology demonstrator into a compact, robust, industrially qualified illumination source capable of volume manufacture with 10X reduction in unit price.

WhiteLase-2020 illumination sources will be more than 1.25 Million times brighter than high power Xenon lamps and will be capable of replacing more than 16 individual high power laser diodes. Furthermore, the technology will be qualified to lifetimes in excess of 20,000 hours and will be designed for manufacture in volume. The project outcomes will present end users with enormous performance and cost benefits over existing state-of-art.

The light sources will totally disrupt existing markets within 2 years of the project, replacing high power lamps, LED's and multi-colour laser diode modules. Furthermore, new markets will be generated over the following decade through the availability of this unique illumination technology.

The resulting project outputs will be a truly disruptive light source qualified to customer-provided specifications and will enable Fianium to quickly develop a commercial product that will benefit society from higher-quality, lower cost surgical procedures as well as improved performance electronics components and devices.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first half (12-months) of the WhiteLase-2020 project, Fianium has successfully delivered all forecast deliverables, met all milestones and is well on the way to meeting the overall project objectives.
Two high-end white-light laser prototype platforms have been developed and qualified for a first 4000hours continuous operation, demonstrating excellent performance and reliability needed for industrial and medical applications.

The developed platforms not only demonstrate leading-edge performance for optical illumination sources, but they demonstrate cost reductions over existing state of the art, presenting an opportunity for reduced cost of ownership that will benefit end-users and consumers / patients in the wider society.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The developed platforms not only demonstrate leading-edge performance for optical illumination sources, but they demonstrate cost reductions over existing state of the art, presenting an opportunity for reduced cost of ownership that will benefit end-users and consumers / patients in the wider society.

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Record Number: 194928 / Last updated on: 2017-02-16
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