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.
Boosting the future of LiFi communications
During the last couple of years, Optiva Media has been working on the development of a LiFi communication system to provide fast access to high-quality video content, coming to the conclusion that the final speed that can be achieved is narrowed by current LED technology. As Dr. Iñaki Martinez-Sarriegui, Head of R&I explains : “Currently, most LiFi technologies rely on a blue LED with a phosphorous coating that converts blue light into yellow for white light generation, suffering from their long excited-state lifetimes, thus limiting their modulation bandwidth frequencies and becoming the main bottleneck for high-speed transmissions.”
Perovskites, on the other hand, offer a larger bandwidth due to the fast recombination characteristics. Compared to OLED lighting panels, which have been demonstrated for LiFi applications, perovskites exhibit at least one order of magnitude higher carrier mobility. As Dr. Sylvain Nicolay of CSEM “Such reports suggest that large area perovskite-based devices offer the potential not only for lighting or energy harvesting applications, but also for the implementation of VLC/LiFi technologies.”
The main role of Optiva in the PeroCUBE project, as explained by Dr. Iñaki Martínez-Sarriegui, is the collaboration in the implementation of a LiFi communication demonstrator for the new perovskites-based LEDs developed in the project; and its validation, evaluation and application for multimedia streaming in public transportation vehicles.
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.
The PeroCUBE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and
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.
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Optiva Media is specialized in providing Digital TV innovative technical solutions. Innovation is at the very heart of the company, and it manifests by means of the definition of a threefold mission: Understand TV, Explain TV, Change TV. This triple mission is supported by our R&D activities and the development of breakthrough digital and communication technologies.
We live in a fast-moving era, where the demand for new technologies focused on improving people’s quality of life, caring for the environment and boosting sustainability in everyday life, has become a constant. In this sense, Optiva Media has a great commitment to research and development of innovative solutions that contribute to the promotion of sustainability. In this regard, besides its primary Digital TV activity, the Research & Innovation Area is focused on the exploration of novel communication technologies (e.g. LiFi) to increase the bandwidth in the user loop to facilitate fast digital video transmissions. Our intention is to apply these new technologies to different application domains, where Optiva Media can offer its wide expertise, through the provision of audiovisual solutions.
Optiva Media, R&I Area
Dr. Iñaki Martínez-Sarriegui
Head of R&I at Optiva Media
Phone: +34 912 977 271