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CUMBERNAULD, United Kingdom

Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 544.33K | Year: 2009

Low emissivity glass, sometimes known as low E or low energy glass, is playing an increasingly significant role in building energy efficiency. The key feature of this glass technology is a thin coating with a refractive index chosen to enhance the capture of solar energy and reduce heat loss from within the building. There is a significant opportunity to develop new improved low E coatings coupled with more efficient cost effect processes to fabricate them. This project addresses both of these topics by targeting increased performance and reduced cost compared with current low energy glazing. With increasing environmental awareness, more emphasis is now being placed on ways to save energy in any building, domestic or commercial, and Glazing products can play an important role to minimise heat loss from these structures. This heat loss is normally measured by the thermal transmittance or U value and in its most basic terms, the lower the U value, the greater the thermal insulation. Insulating Glass Units incorporating low emissivity glass can significantly improve the Thermal Insulation values hence the improved performance targeted on the project will have a large impact. It is estimated that if all the existing buildings in Europe without low-E glazing were to have it installed to current regulations recently introduced relating to minimum energy efficiency standards, it would save 27-30% of building energy and 140 M Tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-28-2015 | Award Amount: 15.72M | Year: 2016

Bringing flexible organic electronics to pilot innovation scale (PI-SCALE) is a highly needed response to bridge the gap which exists today between promising laboratory scale results of highly efficient flexible OLED modules and mass manufacturing of high value-added products. The project will integrate existing European infrastructures into a European flexible OLED pilot line, which will operate in an open access mode and serve customers from along the value chain with individual product designs, validation of upscaling concepts, and system-level flexible OLED integration. The Consortium will connect the most advanced pilot line facilities with the best material providers and equipment manufacturers, creating a service that will offer substantial numbers of flexible OLEDs that can meet efficiency, durability and cost requirements of end users. Together with end-users for various markets, such as automotive and designer luminaires, PI-SCALE will demonstrate the capabilities of this pilot line doing process optimisation for product demonstrators to enable cost efficient production and facilitate an effective market introduction. In addition PI-SCALE will include a number of outreach activities to actively engage and educate interested users and suppliers for flexible OLEDs in interactive product concept development. PI-SCALE will not only support the market acceptance of flexible OLED products, but it will also ensure that prototype ideas from European companies will have the possibility of reaching a semi-industrial scale in a very short time.

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