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Electronic paper message board for outdoor use
with carbon NanoBud display module and GPRS I/O layer

Objective

"The general objective of the “Electronic paper message board for outdoor use with carbon NanoBud display module and GPRS I/O layer” (E-SIGNAGE) project is to develop a large area, low-cost, high brightness and contrast level, robust, energy efficient (bi-stable; no backlight needed), high information content two-colour electronic outdoor message board that is able to receive data via GSM communication and uses solar energy as a power source.

Twist-ball e-paper material developed by Invent Research OÜ (coordinator; SME, Estonia) has the principle capabilities to meet all the quality requirements set by the end-users for active front-plane layers of outdoor electronic signage and message boards (OEMBs). It is potentially highly robust and flexible, has high bi-stability, wide operating temperatures and low production costs. In addition the material is video capable that widens the usage areas of OEMBs. Carbon nanomaterials (Carbon nanotubes and NanoBuds™) developed by Canatu (partner; SME, Finland) have the principle capabilities to meet all the quality requirement set by end-users for the transparent electrode front-plane layers and thin film transistor backplane layers of OEMBs. Canatu’s nanocarbon films are highly robust and flexible, have high carrier mobility, on-off ratios and exceptional optical properties such as high transparency, colour neutrality and excellent index matching. Moreover, Canatu’s Direct Dry Printing technology allows low cost, high volume production.

Further development of Invent Research’s and Canatu’s materials in combination with the existing OEMB components will enable the partners of the proposal to develop autonomous and good picture quality OEMB applications. It would be necessary to develop the quality characteristics (brightness and contrast level, resolution, stability in time and in UV light) of the e-paper material (front-plane) for using in OEMBs; develop carbon nanomaterials based front-plane electrodes and backplane transistors; integrate the front-planes/backplanes with other OEMB components; and develop the necessary software."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

VISITRET DISPLAYS OU
Address
Riia 185
51014 Tartu
Estonia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 544 093
Administrative Contact
Laura Päit (Ms.)

Participants (8)

TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 12 000
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jaak Järv (Prof.)
KARUTEENED OU
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 7 489
Address
Mae 2
61508 Elva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tanel Luure (Mr.)
CANATU OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 449 088
Address
Konalankuja 5
00390 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David P. Brown (Dr.)
FSL ELECTRONICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 27 036
Address
Sandholes Road
BT80 9AR Cookstown
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Meenan (Mr.)
A.C.I.S. AZIENDA COSTRUZIONI INSTALLAZIONI SEGNALETICHE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 84 432
Address
Via Porzia Nefetti 65
47018 Santa Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Athos Zadra (Mr.)
POLTECH INFORMATION SYSTEM AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 35 730
Address
Kvartsg 1 B
745 40 Enkoping
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johan Riesten (Mr.)
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 5 360
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Risto Matti Nieminen (Prof.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 3 572
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mirka Laasonen (Ms.)