The FLEXIBILITY consortium, consisting of Enfucell, Siemens, VTT, Varta Microbattery and seven other leading European technology companies and universities, has been granted a 4,9 million euro project funding by the EU commission of which Enfucell's share is 258.000 euros. The project is coordinated by the Dresden University of Technology and has a life span of four years.
FLEXIBILITY, which stands for Flexible Multifunctional Bendable Integrated Light-Weight Ultra-Thin Systems, aims at significantly advancing the competitiveness of Europe in the area of multifunctional, ultra-lightweight, ultra-thin and bendable organic large area electronics (OLAE) systems.
The developed OLAE components include disposable and rechargeable batteries, solar cells, DC charging electronics, loudspeakers, audio amplifiers, analogue signal generators, motion and temperature sensors, RF receiver circuits, as well as a touch screen. By combining these components, a variety of novel multifunctional OLAE systems is possible.
Based on a fully printed sound module, the following complex demonstrators are developed:
- Textile integrated audio module including broadcast radio and solar supply
- Active receiver tag for wireless streaming of acoustic data and advertising
- Security tag system with acoustic alarm, motion and/or temperature sensors
Flexibility combines the complementary competences of 3 large companies, 4 SMEs, 1 research institute and 3 universities. Participating countries are Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Greece and Switzerland.
The Flexibility funding is part of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which - according to the European Commission's website - bundles all research-related EU initiatives together under a common roof playing a crucial role in reaching the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment; along with a new Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), Education and Training programmes, and Structural and Cohesion Funds for regional convergence and competitiveness. It is also a key pillar for the European Research Area (ERA).
For more attend: Printed Electronics USA 2011.