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Final Report Summary - N2P (FLEXIBLE PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES AND EQUIPMENT BASED ON ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE PLASMA PROCESSING FOR 3D NANO STRUCTURED SURFACES)

Outstanding progress has been made in recent years in developing novel structures and applications for direct fabrication of 3D nano-surfaces. However, exploitation is limited by lack of suitable manufacturing technologies. In this project we develop innovative in-line high throughput technologies based on atmospheric pressure surface and plasma technologies. The two identified approaches to direct 3D nano-structuring are etching for manufacturing of nano-structures tailored for specific applications and coating.
The overall project aims are:
- Bridge the gap between advanced R&D results in nano-technology and industrial
production
- Demonstrate introduction of nano-technology into high impact application areas
- Establish a sustainable network of leading European players, comprising
o Industrial oriented R&D supplier
o Equipment supplier
o End-user industries

The targeted applications are grouped in two main areas with wide interest both commercial and
societal:
- Energy
o Energy production, e.g. solar energy
o Energy storage, e.g. for e-car
o Energy savings; e.g. lightweight vehicles
- Health
o Medicine, e.g. biocidal walls for hospitals
o Hygiene, e.g. in high visitor traffic areas

Four major impact areas were selected, demonstrating different application fields:

Impact Area 1 - Photovoltaics is aimed on efficient power production based on solar cells, one of the major and fastest growing renewable energies. The overall efficiency of such devices is significantly affected by an optimised “light management” to improve the energy harvesting properties of the solar cell.
We are aiming for two areas with high commercial impact: (1a) Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells currently comprising a major market share for power production and (1b) Thin Film Silicon Solar Cells having high potential for market growth.

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FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany
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