European consortium led by Navarra to design organic solar modules successfully completes pilot tests

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GAIAPrint is a project led by the Functional Print cluster. It was born driven by the current context of climate crisis and limitation of raw materials, and works on the manufacture of flexible organic photovoltaic modules (OPV).

This initiative, in which Navarre-based Electrónica Falcon also takes part, is based on the production of clean energy, as well as its storage with low-cost printed batteries. 

GAIAPrint, the initiative led by the Navarra cluster Functional Print to promote the generation and storage of green energy with organic printed devices finished the research and development phase last July. Thus, the project, in which entities such as Centro Stiling, Electrónica Falcon or Eurecat participate, successfully completed the co-creation phase and the pilot tests of the components necessary for the development of the project.

The first challenge of the project was to manufacture flexible organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules with state-of-the-art materials for green energy generation and to complement their storage with low-cost printed batteries. In addition, the development of the ultra-low-power electronics has been done in a way that was compatible with different sensors on the market, and with a wireless communication system applicable to various applications in the field of sensorics and the Internet of Things (IoT).

About the project

The initiative, led by the Navarra cluster Functional Print and financed by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, was born out of the current context of climate crisis and limitation of raw materials. Its promoters decided to investigate how to optimize the management of energy resources and materials for the manufacture, use and disposal of electronic devices.  To this end, they integrate two emerging technologies in the field of printed electronics into ultra-low-consumption electronics systems. And the aim is to enable complete autonomy and high sustainability in sensor and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Currently, there are no solutions on the market that are compatible with sensors of various types, which limits their implementation in many areas. The fact of requiring a specific device for the measurement of each different magnitude implies a high cost, as well as an added complexity when it comes to its integration in the same installation. This new “universal” device can be used to capture the measurement of different types of sensors, what will favor its implementation in all types of applications. 

The current project is not focused on a specific application, but will serve as a basis for as many future applications as possible. After the development of the project, it will be possible to know the capabilities and limitations of this mixed device, and therefore, to identify the applications where it presents more competitive advantages.

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