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Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing of Ultra-Functional Miniaturised Consumer Electronics Using Hyper-Fine Solder Powders

Objective

The total EU electronics industry employs ≈20.5 million people, sales exceeding €1 trillion and includes 396,000 SMEs. It is a major contributor to EU GDP and its size continues to grow fuelled by demand from consumers to many industries. Despite its many positive impacts, the industry also faces some challenges connected with the enormous quantity of raw materials that it needs for sustainability, the huge quantity of Waste Electrical, Electronics Equipment (WEEE) generated and the threat of competition from Asia. To sustain its growth, to manage the impact of WEEE and to face the competition from Asia, the industry needs innovations in key areas. One such area is the drive for ultra-miniaturisation/ultlra-functionality of equipment. Achievement of these twin drivers can reduce raw material requirements, reduce WEEE and deliver a competitive edge to the European industry, moving it up the value chain to high value added and high margin products. The key current road block/limitation to achieving the goal of ultra-miniaturisation/functionality is how to increase the component density on the printed circuit board (PCB). This is currently limited by the availability of hyper fine pitch solder powder pastes. Hypersol aims to deliver solder pastes with solder spheres <10μ to enable PCB manufacturers to more than double the component density on the PCB. In layman’s terms, this would effectively enable more than a doubling of the functions available on your cell phone, satellite navigation system, MP3 player and of course the ubiquitous lap top computer which could soon become a palm top computer. The successful completion of the HYPERSOL project would lift the ultra-miniaturisation/functionality road block and in the process also enable reduction in raw material usage, reduction in WEE, reduction in pollution and associated health costs and also a major reduction in EU energy demand with all its indirect benefits for environment and society.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/mobile phone
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/navigation systems/satellite navigation system

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ATOMISING SYSTEMS LIMITED
Address
371 Coleford Road
S95NF Sheffield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 78 900,01
Administrative Contact
Paul Rose (Dr.)

Participants (10)

KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS

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Greece
Address
Technologiko Parko A Vipe
38500 Volos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elias Houstis (Prof.)
BIZESP LTD

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United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 158 855,75
Address
Oxford Centre For Innovation - Mill Street
OX2 OJX Oxford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Bridgland (Mr.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elias Houstis (Prof.)
MILTECH HELLAS BIOMICHANIA EMPORIOANTIPROSOPEIES ILEKTRONIKON OPTIKON KAI MICHANOLOGIKON EIDON AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 342 925
Address
Metaxa Street 90
19002 Pagkrati Paiania
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Spanoudakis (Mr.)
ABIS SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA SPK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 232 325
Address
Ul. Kamienna 17
30 199 Rzaska
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Piotr Bistroń (Mr.)
POLMECANIC GROUP SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 26 000
Address
Ul. Targowa 10C
98 346 Skomlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adam Bokwa (Mr.)
Prisma Electronics ABEE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 342 925
Address
Dimokratias Avenue 87
68100 Alexandroupolis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Serafim Katsikas (Mr.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
Surface Technology International Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 12 000
Address
Osborn Way
RG27 9HX Hook
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sue Knight (Mrs.)
BOLUDA DIVISION INDUSTRIAL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 181 044,24
Address
Calle Joiers, Vial A, Nave 9 17-19
08184 Palau Solita I Plegamans
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fransesc Martinez (Mr.)