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Development of an active film for smart windows with inkjet method.
Application to a building envelope component: autonomous smart device

Objective

The SMARTBLIND project aims at developing an Energy Efficient Smart Window including a hybrid film constituted of an electrochromic LC film and a photovoltaic film both printed on the same long-lasting flexible substrate. The realization process will be implemented thanks to electrochromic and photovoltaic inks especially formulated to be ink-jet printed.
A reduction of the windows U-value down to 0.3 W/m².K is targeted by combining the hybrid film to an appropriate window frame.
An important part of the SmartBlind project will furthermore be devoted to the related parts, such as connectors and film control, sustainability, life cycle and recyclability.

More particularly, the SmartBlind consortium has defined 4 main objectives:
1. To reduce weight by 50% compared to glass window, while offering transparency and flexibility.
2. To improve the optical response time of windows while enabling the switching of large panes.
3. To integrate an electronic control system with an embedded power source.
4. To guarantee a low-cost industrial solution adaptable to large and shaped surfaces.

The main steps of the work plan include:
a Basic materials: substrate treatment, formulation of electrochromic and photovoltaic inks to be adapted to ink jet printing.
b Printing process.
c Simulation and building integration.
d Mechanical tests, ageing and Life Cycle Assessments.
e Proof of concept.

Expected energy savings will be examined. Producing the hybrid flexible film and the windows (simple or multiple panes) will allow reaching new building market as well as renovation market.
The consortium is SME driven. Universities and research centers as well as end user support the research part. The multidisciplinary team gathers 13 partners from 7 EU countries.

Call for proposal

FP7-2012-NMP-ENV-ENERGY-ICT-EeB
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

POLYMAGE SARL
Address
Rue Voltaire 1
06000 Nice
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 730 890
Administrative Contact
Pierre Sixou (Dr.)

Participants (12)

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 299 454
Address
Campus De Caparica, Quinta Da Torre S/n
2829516 Caparica
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Luísa Baião (Dr.)
ARDEJE SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 373 980
Address
Rue Georges Auric 4
26000 Valence
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pascal Pierron (Mr.)
DEUTSCHE INSTITUTE FUR TEXTIL- UND FASERFORSCHUNG DENKENDORF
Germany
EU contribution
€ 348 200
Address
Korschtalstrasse 26
73770 Denkendorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Stegmaier (Dr.)
POLITECHNIKA LODZKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 261 600
Address
Ulica Zeromskiego 116
90 924 Lodz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jadwiga Machnicka (Ms.)
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 311 185
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Vereeken (Ms.)
IASO SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 233 788
Address
Carretera Nacional Ii A Km 460 2
25194 Lledia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Feike Reitsma (Mr.)
A CATEDRAL - CARPINTERIA MARCENARIA LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 152 178
Address
Antigo Convento Subserra
2600 703 Castanheira Do Ribatejo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ana Silva (Ms.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 375 502
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gilles Fanget (Mr.)
TERMOGLASS CIV SRL*TERMO
Romania
EU contribution
€ 164 800
Address
Drumul Malul Rosu 20
032318 Bucharest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oliver Petrescu (Mr.)
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 307 150
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Avolio Ciro (Mr.)
FCC CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 77 280
Address
Calle Balmes 36
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Neus Martínez Rodríguez
WAVESTONE ADVISORS
France
EU contribution
€ 84 600
Address
100-101 Terrasse Boieldieu Tour Franklin
92042 Paris La Defense
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Flore Gouaux (Dr.)