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ALTernative to Indium Tin Oxide materials for sustainable growth of displays, solar and automobile industries

Objective

The electronics/displays and photovoltaic (PV) sectors are massively growing industries with sales worth > €3 trillion and €100 billion, respectively. Of strategic importance, they are major contributors to EU GDP. Despite their many positive impacts, these industries face threats of: (i) sustainability of growth in terms of raw materials, energy and environment and (ii) competitive threat from Asia. The mainstream Transparent Conducting Oxide (TCO) is Indium Tin Oxide (ITO). Without ITO the manufacture of displays and PV cells is not possible owing to the unique twin properties of ITO thin films: metal-like electrical conductivity and glass-like light transparency. This makes ITO absolutely essential in the manufacture of displays and PV cells. The massive industrial growth rates and hence, high demand for ITO comes with substantial problems: high cost of ITO electrode production due to high demand and high price of indium and control of indium resources by China. To counter the above mentioned threats, the EU industry requires the replacement of ITO with lower cost and readily available metals. This is urgently needed to sustain EU solar, displays and electronics industries growth and freedom from Chinese control of these essential raw materials (especially since China is starting to curb rare earth and indium metal exports which is leading to price increases in these materials). By lowering the raw material costs, the AltiTude project also distribute great improvements to the SME participants and to EU industry offering competitive advantage. AltiTude delivers ITO alternative multi transparent conducting oxides (m-TCO) with performance equal or even better than ITO. In AltiTude m-TCOs, the indium is replaced with lower cost and more readily available metals such as Galium, Zinc and Tin. The result would be an enormous reduction in industry costs and a great increase in sustainability for electronics, displays and solar industries.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 45 210
Administrative Contact
Georgia Pahlitzanakis (Mrs.)

Participants (10)

HENSON CERAMICS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 234 954,36
Address
Brindley Close Unit 1 Tollgate Industrial Estate
ST16 3SU Stafford Staffordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark Henson (Dr.)
SOCRATE INDUSTRIE
France
EU contribution
€ 244 442,11
Address
Parc D Activite Des Dolines
25500 Le Belieu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petit Cristian (Mr.)
PULVERIT SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 239 914,08
Address
Via Carlo Reale 15
20157 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefano Saccardi (Dr.)
CY.R.I.C CYPRUS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 24 640
Address
Agias Elenis 6 Agias Elenis Building 4Th Floor Flat Office 43
1060 Lefkosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Panayiotis Philimis (Dr.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 20 360
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 27 972
Address
Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Nicholson (Dr.)
ILIAKO REVMA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 26 400
Address
Georgiou Papandreou 9
71306 Irakleio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michail Agrogianos (Mr.)
CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ANDINNOVATION (CETRI) LTD
Cyprus
Address
77, John Kennedy Avenue
1077 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ioanna Deligkiozi (Dr.)
MAT-TECH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 27 272
Address
Ekkersrijt 4508
5692 DM Son En Breugel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mohammad Hossain Biglari (Dr.)
Prisma Electronics ABEE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 234 834,59
Address
Dimokratias Avenue 87
68100 Alexandroupolis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Serafim Katsikas (Mr.)