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MATerials for FLEXible ENergy harvesting Devices

Objective

MATFLEXEND investigates new materials which enable capacitive-mechanical energy harvesters with significantly improved power density and efficiency. Such materials will be durable, solution-processible, flexible, and therefore enable mass-production techniques including printing.
The “REWOD” principle (Reverse-Electrowetting-On-Dielectric) will be developed for small-scale energy scavenging, and a completely new variant of variable capacitor electrodes based on electrically conducting elastomers will be investigated which will lead to lightweight, low-maintenance, low cost electrical generators. High-k nano-doped polymer dielectrics will be developed with high breakdown voltage and low leakage.
A new secondary battery architecture will be used, involving a novel polyHIPE / electrolyte element including RTILs, and novel nano-fibre composite electrodes, resulting in reconfigurable secondary lithium ion battery storage elements with higher temperature stability. High surface area 3D electrodes will be developed by EPD (electrophoretical deposition) to achieve the rate capability required in sensor nodes.
Synergistically battery and harvester can use the same substrate, current collectors and hermetic encapsulation technology. At the same time these harvester/storage arrays can be structured into parallel and serial networks, to meet a variety of power and storage needs.
Low cost harvesters are the key to consumer applications such as wearable electronics and smartcards as well as wireless sensors in a variety of application areas like medical/healthcare, sports and automotive. Demonstrations developed in the project include wearable applications and chip cards.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-SMALL-7
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Funding Scheme

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

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 044 492
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (10)

FUNDACION CETEMMSA

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Avinguda Ernest Lluch 36 Parc Cientific Tecnocampus
08302 Mataro
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fanny Breuil (Mrs.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 709 230
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brooke Alasya (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 847 687
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angelika Menner (Dr.)
FUNDACIO EURECAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 243 000
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fanny Breuil (Mrs.)
SMARTEX S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 150 400
Address
Via Lungo Il Ficarello 3
59100 Prato
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Orselli (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 227 358
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Patrick Mounaud (Mr.)
VARTA MICROBATTERY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 176 400
Address
Varta-platz 1
73479 Ellwangen Jagst
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Krebs (Dr.)
ANITRA TECHNOLOGIES UNTERNEHMERGESELLSCHAFT (HAFTUNGSBESCHRAENKT) GMBH*
Germany
EU contribution
€ 191 433
Address
Stuntzstrasse 33
81677 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Bock (Dr.)
PARDAM SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 98 850
Address
Jindrisska 2025
53002 Pardubice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Buk (Mr.)
ComCard GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 160 200
Address
Mammerbrücker Strasse 3
08223 Falkenstein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Katja Trommer (Mrs.)