The EU H2020-funded project PeroCUBE aims at developing flexible, lightweight perovskite-based electronics, creating new commercial opportunities for the lighting, energy and telecom industries. The consortium brings together 14 industrial and academic partners from 10 European countries.
This innovative collaboration, which engages the industry, academia and research organizations, represents the whole value chain and breeding ground needed to develop a new generation of sustainable perovskite-based devices. Already seen as a promising game-changer for the energy sector, this European consortium will allow the demonstration of the technology’s viability as a commercial product. The project will last 42 months for a total requested EU contribution of EUR 5.6M.
The organic-inorganic metal halide 3D and lower dimensional semiconductors (usually referred to these days as perovskite), already used in PV technologies, have a strong potential to dominate the OLAE (Organic and Large Area Electronics) market by providing advanced lighting solutions (PE-LED).
PeroCUBE has two main objectives: producing efficient, simple and low cost light sources closer to natural light sources and supporting the development of more stable and sustainable, efficient and low-cost solar panels. By combining these promising technologies, the consortium seeks to develop a new generation of Visual Light Communication (VLC) and LiFi (light fidelity) standard, widening the scope for human centric lighting (HCL), data transmission, wearables and IOT applications that do not cause harm to humans nor the environment.
The CNRS is a key player in innovation, where innovation comes from laboratories that perform basic research.
The partners in the consortium agree that the project will take the development of perovskite-based optoelectronic devices a step further. Within "PeroCUBE" large area illumination panels will be developed, which provide homogeneous illumination according to the concept of human-centered illumination. Such components will offer excellent value for money and help European industry maintain its industrial leadership in the field of lighting. This should open new doors for the industry. Dr. Sylvain Nicolay of CSEM is certain: "PeroCUBE will provide proof that the specific class of perovskite materials can actually be used in commercial objects such as light panels and wearables". Dr. Claudine Katan, Head of the Perovskite Team at the Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (CNRS/INSA Rennes/ENSC Rennes/Université Rennes 1) and Prof.Jacky Even, her counterpart at the Institut FOTON (CNRS/INSA Rennes/Université de Rennes 1), explain the role of the CNRS within PeroCUBE: " Perovskite are amazing semiconductors that have already demonstrated strong potential for a broad range of technologies, while still offering room for fundamental discoveries. Ourselves and our researchers are very pleased to be able to contribute to the development of this fascinating technology, using our extensive know-how in the theoretical modelling of perovskite materials."
The PeroCUBE – High-Performance Large Area Organic Perovskite devices for lighting, energy and Pervasive Communication – consortium consists of 14 partners. Namely:
- CSEM SA (CH) as coordinator and leader for the development of perovskite-based PV devices;
- VTT (FIN) manufacturing approaches for Large Area flexible PeroCUBE devices and their integration into wearables;
- University of Oxford (UK) for developing LED and PV device technologies;
- University of Patras for tuning the perovskite upscaled industrial synthesis as well as providing improved perovskite structures;
- Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung (DE) for electro-optical characterization of PeLED devices and their encapsulation;
- Aura Light Italia (IT) as integrator of lighting applications, innovation, dissemination and IPR management;
- TNO (NL) for Life Cycle Assessment and hazard and nanotoxicity assessment which will take into account the benefits as well as the potential risks of PeroCUBE devices across various life cycle stages of the product;
- CNRS (F) for the optimization of the perovskite material;
- Vodafone Innovus (EL) for light fidelity connectivity applications;
- Technische Universität Wien (AT) developing micron- and nanoscale characterization of packaged PE-LED devices and PE-LED materials;
- Alpes Laser SA (CH) for the laser source for perovskite characterization;
- Eulambia Advanced Technologies Ltd. (EL) for the Perocube transceiver integration;
- Optiva Media (ES) for the implementation and validation of the PeLiFi demonstration prototype;
- Noesis Technologies (EL) for project, data and IPR management and exploitation support.
innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 861985 with an overall budget of EUR 5.6M.
The project website is under preparation and will be launched in Q4 2020.
CNRS Scientist | KATAN Claudine l ISCR (CNRS/INSA Rennes/ENSC Rennes/Université Rennes 1) l T +33 223235682 l claudine [dot] katanuniv-rennes1 [dot] fr
INSA Rennes, Professor and Institut Universitaire de France Senior member | EVEN Jacky | Institut FOTON (CNRS/INSA Rennes) | T +33 223238295 | jacky [dot] eveninsa-rennes [dot] fr