PolyIC announces the start of the research project POPUP. Sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the project is designed to help achieve the breakthrough of organic photovoltaics (OPV). The research consortium coordinated by the company Merck consists - besides PolyIC - of nine further technology leaders working in various areas of OPV. The total budget of the project, which will run for three years, is € 16 million. The BMBF will provide the consortium with funds of € 8.2 million; the remaining amount will be borne by the companies participating in the project.
The objectives of POPUP are to develop significantly more efficient and stable OPV materials for cost-effective industrial printing and coating processes. In addition, new device architecture is to be created for flexible and rigid, semitransparent and opaque modules. In the medium to long term, these are to be developed in competitive mass production processes, for instance for integration into automobiles in order to ensure power supply to onboard electronic systems; in building and glass facades, to supply energy to stand-alone buildings and equipment, emergency systems, as well as traffic and navigation equipment. The new technologies are also to be used in off-grid recreation applications or to charge mobile consumer devices.
PolyIC, a 100% subsidiary of Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG, is specialized in the development, production and marketing of printed, flexible, low-cost electronic com- ponents. Within the joint project PolyIC plays a central role in the development of optimized device architectures for efficient organic solar cells. Here, the aim is to establish PolyTC® - a fine metal grid on transparent flexible carrier film - as a novel electrode material in OPV cells.
The POPUP consortium comprises ten partners who have many years of experience in the organic photovoltaics field and are technology leaders in their respective areas of work: Merck, Darmstadt; Center for Applied Energy Systems, Erlangen; PolyIC GmbH & Co. KG, Fürth; Karlsruher Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe; Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG, Fürth; Belectric OPV GmbH, Nuremberg; Webasto Group, Stockdorf, Stockdorf; Siemens AG, Erlangen; Centrosolar Glas GmbH & Co. KG, Fürth; Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, Stuttgart. The companies, universities and institutes are cooperating along a cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary value chain characterized by the division of labor.
The research topics of the BMBF POPUP project (code: 03EK3501) are thematically linked to the BMBF funding programme known as "Basic Research Energy 2020+". POPUP specifically supports the implementation of the high-tech strategy of the German federal government.
PolyIC develops and markets products based on the platform technology printed electronics: In the course of this PolyIC offers products from the fields "Touch Sensors & Passive Devices" as well as "Printed Electronics & Displays".
Touch Sensors & Passive Devices
Touch sensors based on the PolyTC® technology offer transparent, conductive and flexible possibilities for touch screens and capacitive keys in any variants. Furthermore, this technology enables the setup of flexible circuit structures as passive devices for a huge variety of further applications. The highlight is the possibility to combine decoration and function to achieve a maximum of design flexibility.
Printed Electronics & Displays
Printed smart objects concerning the PolyLogo® product line offer interesting possibilities such as radio activated displays in the field of marketing. Printed RFIDs with the brand name PolyID® enable thin and flexible applications of radio detection. In the future Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) will make energy harvesting possible. PolyIC focuses on its expertise in materials, new adapted chip design methods as well as mature and newly developed mass production processes of roll-to-roll printing in order to develop and market this new technology.
PolyIC is a member of the OE-A (Organic Electronics Association), a working group under the umbrella of the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau). The OE-A promotes organic electronics internationally. Furthermore, PolyIC is a member of DFF, the German Flat Panel Display Forum and of AIM-D e.V., an association for automatic identification and mobile data capture.
Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG owns 100% of PolyIC's shares which results excellent synergies in the field of decoration and function. PolyIC is headquartered within the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region in Fuerth.
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