Finished Projects


07/2017 – 06/2019 – iCoat

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Development and validation of novel slot-dies concepts for low-viscous inks.

In the iCoat project novel slot-dies for intermittent coating of low-viscous inks are developed and integrated into the „Advaned Multi coAting LInE“ (AMALIE) line at Holst Centre. To qualify these novel slot-dies, Perovskite solar cells are produced and analysed. The ultra-fast switching of the slot-dies is enabled by using piezo technology and will allow less material consumption and higher production yields. Thus the project offers further potential for lower production costs. The software integration within this project is executed by Verautomation.



01/2017 – 12/2019 – InTres

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Innovative support materials for optimizing current conductors within electrical storages.

To enable the decentralized storage of energy up to electro mobility technology, a continuous development of electrical storage is needed. The research is thereby focussing on the efficiency of electrical storages. On the one hand they must be cost efficient and on the other hand the durability and the performance need to be improved. Previously the research was mainly about cell chemistry. However, the conductive support materials have a crucial influence on the performance and cost of Lithium-Ions batteries.

Within the InTres project the performance of electrical storages based on Lithium-Ions technology shall be improved by a resource-saving application of innovative support materials. The objective is to replace the actual current conductors (Al- or Cu-foil) in the battery cell with 3-dimensional support materials (expanded metal, metal foams, metallic net) as well as to investigate their potential.

The consortium consists of research and industry partners and offers thus a complete supply chain of the battery production. Additionally, a broad know-how and an excellent infrastructure is present. This project has received funding from the European Regional Development Fund under grant agreement No EFRE-0800645.



05/2016 – 03/2019 – HEA2D

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Producing and investigating applications of 2D nanomaterials.

2D materials embedded in production methods for a mass production have the potential to generate integrated and systematic product and production solution that are social, economic and ecological sustainable. By this the climate change and an environmental friendly and affordable energy supply are addressable and novel innovative solution can be elaborated. More and more applications in lab scale are showing the potential of this new material class. Nevertheless, the transfer into products fails due to the fragmented supply chain. Thus the material innovations are not leading to product innovations up to now.

Within the project HEA2D a complete supply chain consisting out of different deposition methods for 2D materials, a method for transferring plastic foils as well as the integration into plastic components in industry scale is developed. The results of this project are distributed by cooperation of the project partners to interested companies in North Rhine-Westphalia. By this even in an early stage of development suggestions and endusers can be integrated into the supply chain. Therefore, the platform of the professional group „Graphen und 2D-Materialien“ and the cluster „Kunststoffland NRW“ in North Rhine-Westphalia are used.



06/2016 – 06/2019 – Photon Flex

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Photonic process chain for producing flexible organic solar cells in a R2R process

The objective in the project PhotonFlex is the development and investigation of innovative technologies for a cost efficient and highly productive fabrication of flexible organic solar cells. Thereby the production of flexible solar cells based on a coating with active absorber should be transferred from the lab scale close to an industry scale production chain. The project focusses on the usage of laser based methods for a high dense series connection as well as on high efficiency laser based drying methods. Additionally, novel encapsulation methods based upon plastic laser welding are qualified for a high rate process.

Coatema thereby integrates new assembly groups for a laser based encapsulation into an existing machinery at the partner ILT. Besides a laser based beam welding a gap slit welding method are realised. Together with the partners these new methods are demonstrated and evaluated by organic photovoltaic elements.



01/2016 – 12/2018 – Pi-Scale

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Within Pi-Scale an European pilot line for production of flexible OLEDs is developed.

Within the project Pi-Scale already existing European infrastructures will be used to develop an „European flexible OLED pilot line“. This pilot line will be used in an open access mode. Thus customers can be supported during the whole supply chain by product design. In addition upscaling concepts for a flexible OLED production can be validated at system level. By this Pi-Scale closes the existing gap between the today available processes flexible OLEDs production in lab size on the one hand and the mass production on the other hand. Pi-Scale leads thus to a high efficiency production of OLEDs.



09/2008 – 08/2012 – Innoshade

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Innovative switchable shading components based on nanomaterials and hybrid electrochromic device configurations.

INNOSHADE is concerned with an innovative, nanocomposite-based switchable light transmittance technology developed previously for small sized objects. It constitutes a breakthrough in smart shading technology by overcoming common limitations of state-of-the-art electrochromic devices. INNOSHADE shall enable the low cost production of electrochromic shading appliances with lower energy consumption and faster response. The overall objective of the project is to scale up and study the underlying nanotechnology-based processes from laboratory to pilot line production, with the major goal to explore and extend the application potential by creating interest in several prospective user groups across sectors.

The procedures shall be implemented to establish pilot production lines for the individual device components as well as for their assembly to run-capable devices up to a size comparable to automotive sunroof dimensions. Cost reduction will be accomplished via high throughput manufacturing methods such as continuous Roll-to-Roll processing to achieve demonstrators meeting essential market and consumer requirements.

The work will be performed by a highly complementary, well-balanced consortium of 17 partners from 8 member states, 1 candidate state, and 1 third country, representing the entire value chain. The proposed research closely addresses main S&T, socio-economic and policy objectives of the NMP work programme (integration of disciplines, transformation to knowledge-intensive industry, improvement of competitiveness, high added value products), shows clear environmental benefits and contributes to Sustainable Development. Strong industrial participation (4 SMEs, 1 large enterprise, 5 partly multinational global players) reflects the high economic development perspectives of the project.



08/2011 – 10/2014 – Flexlas

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Highspeed-laser methods for producing fully integrated flexible solar cells

The aim of Flexlas is the development of a high speed laser process for the production of fully integrated flexible solar cells. For the project optics and processes are developed and structuring and production of a demonstrator are part of the test device.



11/2011 – 04/2014 – Fabrigen

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Fabric structures for solar power generation.

Within the Fabrigen project organic photovoltaic materials has been combined with tensile strength textiles to obtain solar power generating flexible textiles. These structures can be used as example for roofs and can feed sustainable power into the power supply system.



03/2012 – 02/2014 – Diginova

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Innovation for digital fabrication.

The aim of the Diginova Project (Innovation for Digital Fabrication) was the analysis of existing digital production methods and creation of a roadmap. This roadmap is going to show the further path of digital fabrication.



08/2011 – 02/2014 – ProLiBat

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Producibility of Lithium-Ions battery cells.

A complete laboratory research line for a pre industrial manufacturing of lithium-ion-batteries in a modular design will be established. The individual process steps (selection and modification of active materials, electrode coating, slitting, stacking and winding, electrolyte filling, sealing, formation) will be specified and studied. The processes will be optimized in order to increase the quality of the cells. The lab line will be used to develop new battery concepts with innovative materials and to change production steps together with manufacturing industry.



11/2013 – 10/2014 – REGAC

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High precision register control for Roll-to-Roll printed electronic.

In the REGAC project, the task is to develop and improve a high precision registration for R2R processed printed electronics. Next to the improvements of the camera system, improvements in the true running accuracy of the rollers are executed leading to an improved accuracy for the overall deposition.



09/2012 – 08/2016 – ML²

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MuliLayer MicroLab

MultiLayer MicroLab (ML²) will provide a design and manufacturing platform for the production of sophisticated devices which combine microfluidics, optics and microelectronics. ML2 devices will be compact devices with increased performance at lower prices while providing higher sensitivity compared to existing micro-nano-biosystem (MNBS). Efficient packaging method and fully automated production will lead to higher reproducibility, increased integration of bioactive components and higher intelligence of the devices.



01/2013 – 12/2016 – Smartonics

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Development of smart machines, tools and processes for the precision synthesis of nanomaterials with tailored properties for Organic Electronics.

Organic electronics (OE) is a rapidly emerging field that is expected to revolutionize conventional electronics, energy and photonic applications. Some of the most important OE applications include OPVs, e-paper, OLEDs for displays and lighting, sensors and RFIDs.

One target of the SMARTONICS project is the development of smart nanomaterials for organic electronics (polymer and small molecule films, plasmonic nanoparticles and super-barriers) by process and computational modelling optimization. Additionally smart Technologies (Roll-to-Roll printing and organic vapour phase deposition machines combined with precision sensing and laser tools and processes) are developed. Furthermore one target is the integration of smart Nanomaterials and Technologies in pilot lines for precision synthesis of nanomaterials and Organic Electronics devices, optimization, demonstration and evaluation for industrial applications.



01/2014 – 06/2017 – Eelicon

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Enhanced energy efficiency and comfort by smart light transmittance control

EELICON is the succession project to the INNOSHADE project. It aim is the production of electrochromic layers which are produced at the R&D centre of Coatema. Therefore a production line for electrochromic layers will be built and validated.



03/2015 – 08/2017 – Inline Fluorescenz Detektion

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Inline valuation of transparent substrate coatings by fluorescence detection.

The aim of this project is a novel, in-line detection method for quality validation of functional coatings on substrates or solids. The detection is based upon the fluorescence of organic colourants that are added to the coating solution at a negligible amount.



04/2011 – 03/2015 – 3D LightTrans

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Large scale manufacturing technology for high-performance lightweight 3D multifunctional composites.

Textile reinforced polymer composites (TRPC) hold the promise for enhanced products featuring superior properties, such as light weight and high strength, with comparatively low material costs. This promising potential is nevertheless hindered by the lack of appropriate processing technologies to enable low-cost manufacturing of mass products with sufficient quality.

The objective of the 3DLightTrans project is to create a highly flexible manufacturing chain for low cost production of integral large scale 3D TRPC parts, based on innovative approaches for the individual processes and its integration in the complete supply chain. This will enable to shift TRPCs from its current position in cost intensive, small series niche markets -like aeronautics-, to broadly extended mass product applications not only in transportation, but also in health, energy, leisure and other key sectors.



05/2012 – 04/2015 – Clean4Yield

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Contamination and defect control for increased yield for large scale R2R production of OPV and OLED.

The Clean4Yield project aims to ensure high enough yields for cost-effective organic electronics manufacturing. The project partners will develop new technologies for inspecting, cleaning and repairing moving foils, and detecting and preventing defects in large-scale Roll-to-Roll production of OLEDs and OPVs.

The Clean4Yield project will work to develop new technologies capable of inspecting moving foils for micro- and nanoscale dust particles and defects, and for cleaning/repairing layers as necessary. It will also explore techniques for preventing dust particles reaching the foil in Roll-to-Roll environments. The project is coordinated by the Holst Centre/TNO and has sixteen members (multi-national companies, small-to-medium enterprises, universities and research organizations).



11/2012 – 10/2014

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Thin film measurements on organic photovoltaic (OPV) layers.

Development of thin layers measurement system for organic photovoltaic layer to achieve a higher quality standard. By this a more cost efficient production is achieved.

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