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Large area transparent thin film thermoelectric devices for smart window and flexible applications

Objective

The main objective is to develop an innovative large area distributed sensor network integrating transparent thin film thermoelectric devices and sensors for multifunctional smart windows and flexible high impact volume applications. Different breakthrough concepts are proposed: 1) large area high performance transparent thermoelectric thin films deposited on flexible substrates for thermal energy harvesting; 2) low cost high throughput thin film thermal sensors for thermal mapping and gesture sensing; 3) flexible smart windows and walls with energy harvesting, environmental sensing and wireless communication functionalities.
The developed technology aims to demonstrate the functionalities of a smart window able to measure air quality and environmental parameters such as temperature, sun radiation and humidity. The data is automatically collected and can be utilized for controlling heating, cooling and ventilation systems of indoors. Active radio interface enables long range communication and long term data collection with WiFi or a similar base station. The proposed concept of smart windows replaces several conventional sensors with a distributed sensor network that is integrated invisibly into windows. In addition to the power generated from the thermal energy harvesting, the thermoelectric elements (TE) are also used as temperature sensors that, while being distributed over large area, enable thermal mapping of the area instead of just one or a few values measured from particular points. This smart window can be produced on glass, but the final goal will be the fabrication on transparent flexible organic substrates using Roll to Roll Atomic Layer Deposition (R2R ALD), that can be fixed or retrofitted on existing windows or walls, which will significantly broaden the field of applications and improve business opportunities. High environmental impact is expected with savings of more than 25% of the electrical usage of residential homes and office buildings.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNINOVA-INSTITUTO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS-ASSOCIACAO
Address
Campus Da Caparica Quinta Da Torre
2829-516 Caparica
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 751 500

Participants (8)

SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH PARTNERS LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 255 000
Address
42 Carrickmines Avenue, Carrickmines Wood, Carrickmines
DUBLIN 18 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 699 937,50
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
PICOSUN OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 618 750
Address
Tietotie 3
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGFA GEVAERT NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 449 625
Address
Septestraat 27
2640 Mortsel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 553 500
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 199 875
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
SOLEARTH LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 313 000
Address
Meath Street 93
8 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GRINP SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Via Nazionale 89
10060 Porte
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)