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Innovative bifunctional aircraft window for lighting control to enhance passenger comfort

Objective

Comfort plays an increasingly important role in the interior design of airplanes. Comfort comprises many aspects including temperature and lighting in the cabin. In this context, the overall objective of the IN-LIGHT project is to contribute to the improvement of the passengers comfort through the development of a new concept of bifunctional aircraft window combining two technologies: Electrochromism and Transparent OLED lighting (TOLED). Electrochromic technology will allow the passenger to control de amount of heat and sun-light coming through the window, switching from a transparent colourless state to a deeply coloured transparent state. Additionally, a TOLED lighting system, also controllable by the passenger, will be integrated in the window offering a very innovative type of interior ambient lighting in the cabin, with novel aesthetic effects. The technologies to be used will introduce significant breakthroughs compared to the existing smart shading systems such as a low manufacturing cost, compatibility with plastic substrates, low power consumption and improved performance in terms of switching speed and cyclability/lifetime. The new smart aircraft window to be developed within the IN-LIGHT project add significant value to conventional windows and will contribute to the passengers comfort enabling a tailored cabin environment regarding heat and light transmittance as well as ambient lighting according to their individual preferences. The work will be performed by a highly complementary, well-balance consortium of 10 partners from 6 member states plus one partner from a third country, representing the entire value chain. The proposed research, which has been endorsed by EASN, closely addresses main S&T, socio-economic and policy objectives of the TRANSPORT work programme, shows clear environmental benefits and contributes to Sustainable Development.

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

FUNDACION CIDETEC
Address
Paseo Miramon 196 Parque Tecnologico De Miramon
20014 San Sebastian
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 594 199,80
Administrative Contact
Jon Lacunza (Mr.)

Participants (10)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 496 635
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jukka Hast (Dr.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 130 674
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Lilischkis
GKN AEROSPACE SERVICES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 204 740
Address
2Nd Floor, One Central Boulevard, Blythe Valley Park
B90 8BG Solihull
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Houghton (Dr.)
EASN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SERVICES BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 56 000
Address
Terweidenstraat 28
3440 Budingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Papadopoulos (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 525 000
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jukka Hast (Dr.)
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 280 382
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alicia Piñeiro (Ms.)
HYDRO-QUEBEC
Canada
EU contribution
€ 324 450
Address
75, Boulevard Rene-levesque Ouest
H2Z1A4 Montreal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
René Rouleau (Mr.)
FUNDACION ANDALUZA PARA EL DESARROLLO AEROESPACIAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 238 124
Address
Calle Wilbur Y Orville Wright Num 17, Parque Aerop
41039 La Rinconada Sevilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Silvia De Los Santos (Ms.)
CONSORZIO VENEZIA RICERCHE

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 130 600,20
Address
Via Della Liberta 12
30175 Venezia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marina Zago (Dr.)