Dresden, Germany
Dresden, Germany

The company Heliatek was spun off in July 2006 from the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Ulm. The company’s founding brought together internationally renowned expertise in the fields of organic optoelectronics and organic oligomer synthesis. Among related fields of operation, the company wants to be instrumental in establishing environmentally friendly solar energy as a widespread, commonplace technology.In 2011 the company was recognized, by an audience other than professionals in the field, for winning the German Future Prize. Wikipedia.


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Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2010-2 | Award Amount: 5.10M | Year: 2010

The objective of the ManuCloud project is the development of the service-oriented IT infrastructure ManuCloud as basis for the next level of manufacturing networks by enabling inter-enterprise integration down to shop floor level. R&D Approach The ManuCloud IT infrastructure will consist of a set of services providing knowledge-based product specification based on the actual available manufacturing capabilities of the network, inter- enterprise data exchange, and inter-enterprise quality assurance. Additionally a highly agile intra-fab integration environment capable to automatically propagate manufacturing capabilities and manufacturing process data to the ManuCloud infrastructure will be developed. ManuCloud aims at bringing impact in the broad field of industrial manufacturing. Therefore ManuCloud does not targeting a specific industry, the concept will be applicable to all types of networked manufacturing. Impact and relevance of the project for a specific use case, but also in general, will be demonstrated by an industrial proof-of-concept. Industrial relevance is guaranteed by involving a strong industrial European key player, the Robert Bosch AG, as driver of the development and as end-user . The company has lately entered the photovoltaic industry and is actually investing in multiple companies in this domain. Several manufactures of innovative organic semiconductors are taking part in the project and will serve as testbed for the proof-of-concept ACP-IT and nxtControl will provide their knowledge in shop floor IT technologies. The scientific relevance is ensured by bringing together leading European institutes from the manufacturing engineering and automation, the organic semiconductor manufacturing, the supply chain management, the knowledge-based product specification domain and their implementation in applications.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2016 | Award Amount: 3.83M | Year: 2016

Organic solar cells (OSCs) have the potential to become an environmental friendly, inexpensive, large area and flexible photovoltaics technology. Their main advantages are low process temperatures, the potential for very low cost due to abundant materials and scalable processing, and the possibility of producing flexible devices on plastic substrates. To improve their commercialization capacity, to compete with established power generation and to complement other renewable energy technologies, the performance of state-of-the-art OSCs needs to be further improved. Our goals within SEPOMO Spins in Efficient Photovoltaic devices based on Organic Molecules are to bring the performance of OSCs forward by taking advantage of the so far unexplored degree of freedom of photogenerated species in organic materials, their spin. This challenging idea provides a unified platform for the excellent research to promote the world-wide position of Europe in the field of organic photovoltaics and electronics, and to train strongly motivated early stage researchers (ESRs) for a career in science and technology oriented industry that is rapidly growing. Our scientific objectives are to develop several novel routes to enhance the efficiency of OSC by understanding and exploiting the electronic spin interactions. This will allow us to address crucial bottlenecks in state-of-the-art OSCs: we will increase the quantum efficiency by reducing the dominant recombination losses and by enhancing the light harvesting and exciton generation, e.g. by means of internal upconversion of excited states. Our ESRs will be trained within this interdisciplinary (physics, chemistry, engineering) and intersectoral (academia, R&D center, enterprise) consortium in highly relevant fundamental yet application-oriented research with the potential to commercialise the results. The hard and soft skills learned in our network are central for the ESRs to pursue their individual careers in academics or industry.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.3.6 | Award Amount: 11.87M | Year: 2011

X10D aims to enable organic photovoltaics (OPV) to enter the competitive thin-film PV market. It will achieve this by pooling the knowledge and expertise of the leading research institutes and start-up companies in Europe, and is the first project of its kind to leverage this knowledge irrespective of the processing technology. It will use the strengths available in device efficiency and architectures in both solution processed as well as small molecule based OPV.The objective for X10D is to develop efficient, low-cost, stable tandem organic solar cells by applying new designs, materials and manufacturing technologies to create market-competitive OPV modules. Therefore, X10D proposes to bring together partners that compose a complete and unique OPV research and development consortium, from academic partners, research centers, SMEs, and large companies. Together, the X10D partners cover each segment of the complete value chain: materials development and up scaling, device development and up scaling, large area deposition equipment and processes, novel transparent conductors, laser scribing equipment and processes, encapsulation technologies, energy, life-cycle, and cost analysis and finally end-users.The main objectives for X10D can be quantified more explicitly as:- To increase the power conversion efficiency to achieve at least a 12% on cell level (1cm), and 9% on module level (100 cm)- To guarantee a minimum of 20 years life for OPV modules on glass, and 10 years on foil- To decrease the cost under 0.70 /Watt-peak


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.3.7 | Award Amount: 3.63M | Year: 2010

High power and in particular tunable mid-infrared short pulse laser systems operating in the wavelength range between 3 m and 11 m have a large potential in different applications, e.g. analytics, medicine and micromaching. Up to now, those systems are only be realised by multistage set-ups consisting of bulk four or five different units, a configuration which is of course very complex, expensive with low efficiency operation. Unfortunately, this situation has not changed over the last years and there is no solution appearing.\nTherefore, in this proposal the development, realisation and investigation of such a highly integrated mid-infrared laser source is presented. Its layout is based on a Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA) short pulse Thulium all-fibre laser operating around 2 m associated with a quasi-phase-matched GaAs crystal. For the MOPA pump source different integration aspects will be addressed in order to fully benefit of a waveguide device. This include the development of fibre-coupled saturable absorbers, large mode area (LMA) photonic crystal fibres (PCF) with functionalities regarding wavelength tuning capability, mode-filtering and high power operation, pump/signal combiners based on LMA-PCFs and novel concepts for fibre amplifiers with integrated core-pumping schemes. The wavelength conversion unit will be realised with integrated wavelength tunability and structural design.\nThis MIR-laser will operate in the wavelength region from 2.5 m to 11 m with a pulse energy of up to 30 J, a pulse duration between tens to hundreds of picoseconds and a repetition rate between 50 to 250 kHz. For validation of the developed laser source tests concerning the processing of organic photovoltaic solar cell will be accomplished.\nThe consortium represents the whole value chain including exploitation and this will significantly improve the competitiveness of related European industry and strengthen Europes scientific and technology base.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-03-2014 | Award Amount: 3.94M | Year: 2015

The overall objective of this project is developing organic electronic building elements on flexible substrates with monolithically integrated barrier foils as substrate. The barrier acts as the inevitable protection against atmospheric gases as water vapor and oxygen, as the most crucial agents for unwanted material degradation processes. This topic is one of the keys for enhancing both the performance of TOLAE components and addresses some of the main technology barriers of TOLAE: lifetime and cost-performance-ratio. Organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules have been chosen as test objects for a scalable and general approach suitable also for other TOLAE devices. Monolithical integration of barrier foils means in this case that the full device is made immediately on top of ultra-barrier coated plastic foil, which further is coated with a transparent electrode. This leads to significant cost reduction, which is one of the key needs for wider use of TOLAE devices. The project ALABO develops direct laser scribing processes on flexible substrates, coated with ultra-barrier systems. The project results will be applicable to a number of TOLAE technologies, such as OPV, OLED, OTFT and thin-film inorganic PV on polymer foil substrates. The consortium will investigate and develop new manufacturing processes, which will increase the performance and functionality of TOLAE devices suitable for smart systems. OPV can be part of such smart TOLAE systems. By developing direct laser structuring on top of such ultra-barrier foil, the consortium develops advanced materials, as well as new production technologies supported by dedicated monitoring and material testing technologies for well-scalable manufacturing processes. As an outcome, more functionality will be integrated into less material, since in - contrast to state-of-the-art encapsulation processes - the devices will need only one foil per side, instead of at least two today.


Patent
Heliatek | Date: 2013-06-05

A photoactive component on a substrate includes a first and a second electrode. The first electrode is arranged on the substrate and the second electrode forms a counterelectrode. At least one photoactive layer system is arranged between the electrodes. The photoactive component furthermore includes at least one layer or layer sequence configured such that the layer or layer sequence acts as a spectrally selective color filter in the range from 450 nm to 800 nm in the photoactive component.


Patent
Heliatek | Date: 2013-07-02

An optoelectronic component on a substrate includes a first and a second electrode. The first electrode is arranged on the substrate and the second electrode forms a counter electrode. At least one photoactive layer system is arranged between these electrodes. The at least one photoactive layer system including at least one donor-acceptor system having organic materials.


Patent
Heliatek | Date: 2014-02-21

An optoelectronic component includes a photoactive layer which is arranged between an electrode and a counter electrode. In addition to a donor-acceptor system, the photoactive layer includes a third material which influences the crystallization of the donor-acceptor system. The third material selected from a group consisting of crown ethers, triphenyls, sorbitols, quinacridones and bis(4-(tert-butyl)benzoato-O) hydroxyaluminium. Crown ethers are especially preferred.


Patent
Heliatek | Date: 2014-06-19

A semiconductive component with a layer system includes at least one layer comprising a compound of the general formula (I) or (II).


In a method for imprinting optoelectronic components with at least one bus bar, the bus bar following the shape of the optoelectronic component and allowing a homogeneous color impression on the rear face of the component, the bus bar is printed on a basic material before deposition of a photoactive layer. The basic material may comprise a substrate, or an electrically conductive transparent layer on a substrate. Subsequently, a conductive layer on the substrate is structured to form isolated regions, the photoactive layer is deposited and structured, and then a counter electrode is applied and structured.

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