CORNET, is an ambitious European Research Program conducted in the framework of H2020-NMBP-07-2017 that develops a European Open Innovation Environment to optimize the production of Organic and Printed Electronics devices. In the framework of CORNET which started in 2018 and ends in 2021, will develop, perhaps for the first time, the communication channels and open access databases to facilitate communication and exchange of data between scientists and researchers, industry representatives and market representatives in general, and institutions responsible for Certification and Metrology.
As Assistant Professor Argiris Laskarakis, Head of the Organic Electronics Group in Nanotechnology Lab LTFN of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), explains, «CORNET developed an Innovative database and an Open Innovation Platform through an Open Innovation Environment, where the users can be interconnected with each other as well as with other external stakeholders. One of the first applications that emerge through CORNET’s interactive Open Innovation Environment, is the optimization of the production of large-scale Printed Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) for direct application to products. Moreover, CORNET contributes to the creation of new International Standards and Protocols in the characterization and modeling of innovative nanomaterials and devices for OPVs, through interconnection with international Standardization Organizations. Therefore, protocols and methodologies are developed, so that both the research and the production of printed OPVs and other Organic Electronics devices can proceed rapidly at the same time.»
«The main difficulty of the project is the coordination of so many research bodies and companies, which have different starting points and procedures but a common goal. From a technical point of view, the biggest challenge is the confirmation of the theoretical models developed for Organic Electronics devices, and the utilization of the results in order to be produced organic electronic devices and especially high quality and performance of Organic Printed Photovoltaic Devices that will be integrated into real applications such as in the Automotive Sector as well as in the Agriculture (in the integration of PV in greenhouses)», explains Evangelos Mekeridis, Production & Quality Manager in the company Organic Electronic Technologies (OET), which is one of the main partners of CORNET.
New technologies will make the Energy cheaper and more accessible to all
Professor Ravi Silva of the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom, Director of the Institute of Advanced Technology (ATI) and Head of the Nanoelectronics Center, explains that «Free and cheap energy with the new materials and methods which being developed at CORNET is no longer a utopia, but an acquisition that will happen soon, at least regarding its scientific part».
A significant role in the research that implemented under the CORNET Project has the study concerning the behavior of materials which in turn creates a series of models that are used to make the production process easier. The team from the Department of Materials Science Engineering at the University of Ioannina in which Professor Elefterios Lidorikis is responsible, focuses on this part of the research.
«The impact of COVID-19 on our lives had dramatic effects. Even our research had stopped for many weeks,” said Dr Fernando Castro of the NPL (National Physics Laboratory) in the United Kingdom. Discussing about CORNET, he refers to a particular challenge of the project, explaining: “One of the burning issue regarding the current research is the difficulty in utilizing the knowledge produced by the research centers. It is necessary to create a bridge between all stakeholders, industry and research centers taking into account their different needs, visions, as well as their competitive environment. The creation of this Open Innovative Environment in CORNET covers the needs of this triangle between manufacturing, modelling and experimentation, which is one of the priorities of the EUROPE 2020 Strategy but also the future Horizon Europe. A strategy, which is a prerequisite for sustainable development at the industrial and social level».
«Due to COVID 19 we stopped for some weeks our measurements in our company, but also our live meetings”, NANOTEXNOLOGY 2020 is the first live conference and exhibition in which I have participated for a long time», emphasized Dr. Camilla Vael from the company FLUXIM AG, which be involved in the CORNET Consortium.
Automotive applications for Organic Electronic Devices
As Dr. Luca Belforte from CRF, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles states, “The automotive market is facing a major breakthrough in the transition to the electrification. The awareness of climate change and air pollution and the strict European regulation on CO2 emissions are driving this transition. In this scenario, organic devices such as OPVs and OLEDs can have a significant role in energy harvesting and energy saving, but a further development step in necessary to be compliant with industrial requirements. Solar roof panel applications have already entered the automobile market. Many OEMs has installed solar roofs on demo and concept vehicles to increase driving range or simply cool down the car interior, while it is parked under the sun. However, the additional weight needed by the solar roof and the energy storage system can limit or cancel the benefit of energy harvesting. The advantage to have OPVs, that means a flexible photovoltaic film, overcomes many issues related to the use of rigid silicon cells. Nevertheless, the automotive market has very severe requirements and harsh testing conditions that can be hard for an organic based material to pass. This is the reason why CORNET is creating a strong center of excellence on organic materials in Europe by involving world-class experts in manufacturing, multiscale characterization and modelling. Cornet is trying to fill the gap between academic research and industrial applications to speed up the transition to the green economy.”
Database Management and Sustainability Plan
As Dr. Donna Dykeman from Granta Design, United Kingdom, explains, “We work with partners to digitalize their characterization protocols (experimental, modelling methods) to ensure full traceability and transfer of knowledge between actors in the supply chain. One of the biggest challenges of industry is bridging the gap between experimental and modelling work, as these are typically siloed activities. The database system supports both areas of specialisation, ensures that all stakeholders can see the same datasets and have the same understanding of terminology and structure, and combines their expertise to arrive at new conclusions. This is especially critical for emerging materials such as Organic Electronics, wherein the decisions made by CORNET partners for how to best manage their data/information/knowledge will be propagated to the wider industry”. Moreover, she emphasizes that, “Materials information management often works seamless in the background of the daily life of a manufacturing organization, and enables major savings (time, cost) and benefits (faster time to market). During Cornet project, we create a dynamic team tackling next generation OE technology, with wider benefits to modelling, metrology, software and material informatics challenges.”
HOPE-A: The connecting link
The role of the Hellenic Organic and Printed Electronics Association (HOPE-A), in the CORNET is to connect it with more than 300 industries around the word with experts and stakeholders in the field of Organic Electronics and in all links of the Organic Electronics production chain and their end users. The HOPE-A Association achieves the dissemination of research results, the creation of new collaborations in it, but also the exploitation of technology and innovation produced in the CORNET project, said Ms. Maria Kanta Innovation and Dissemination Manager at HOPE-A.
The market of Organic Electronics has been growing rapidly in the recent years in applications that take place in every field of our daily lives (lighting, energy, smart buildings, flexible screens, portable sensors, smart packaging, greenhouse coatings, etc.). The market for Organic Electronics counts hundreds of billions of euros per year.
CORNET builds a dynamic network of stakeholders (participants, scientists, engineers, industry representatives, end users, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, representatives from national, European and international authorities), from the entire production chain of the rapidly evolving flexible and printed electronics industry.
In the framework of NANOTEXNOLOGY 2020 (www.nanotexnology.com) in Thessaloniki was held the Live + Virtual bi-annual meeting of all partners (Month 30 Consortium Meeting) during which the results of the project until now were discussed as well as their combination and completion for the achievement of the final goals of the project completed in the first half of 2021. In this meeting were discussing the innovations in the characterization and modeling of the optoelectronic properties of the complex nanomaterials and devices of Organic Electronics, the confirmation between experimental and theoretical results and protocols of analysis of nanomaterials, and their transfer to the production of high efficiency (OPVs) and Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) for application in the Automotive and Agricultural Nutrition (Energy Autonomous Greenhouses).
It is also worth noting that CORNET co-organizes the multi-event NANOTEXNOLOGY 2020 and more specifically the Workshops in OLAE materials, Workshop on OPVs & Perovskite PVs and the Workshop on OTFTs, OLEDs and Sensors of the International Symposium on Flexible Organic Electronics (ISFOE20) while the representatives of the CORNET consortium bodies participated with invited and oral speeches in the above Workshops for the publication of its innovations and results in the international academic, research and industrial community and the general public.
The Project Coordinator of the CORNET program is Professor Stergios Logothetidis, Director of the Nanotechnology Lab LTFN. Apart from the Nanotechnology Lab LTFN of AUTh, another ten scientific and technological bodies and companies from five European countries are participating in the project: National Physical Laboratory- United Kingdom, University of Surrey- United Kingdom, Οrganic Electronic Technologies – Greece, APEVA – Germany, University of Ioannina- Greece, Centro Ricerche FIAT, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – Italy, Granta Design- United Kingdom , Fluxim- Switzerland, Hellenic Organic and Printed Electronics Association- Greece.
For more information about the project, contact Prof. Stergios Logothetidis (email: email@example.com) or Asst. Prof. Argiris Laskarakis (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) from the Nanotechnology Lab LTFN, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
See also https://www.cornet-project.eu/
Open Innovation Platform: https://www.cornet–project.eu/oie/
Press Release Preparation: LTFN/AUTh, HOPE-A
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 760949