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Flexible Printed Integrated Disposable Electronics (FLEXIPRIDE)

Description
Printed electronics has developed as a promising research area, as it provides the possibility to produce large quantities of low-cost flexible electronic devices by means of conventional mass printing technologies. Production costs decrease and numerous applications, e.g. solar cells, antenna, sensors, etc., become possible. Even though remarkable progress has been made in research for printed electronic components in recent years, the integration of multiple electronic components into multifunctional systems is much less mature. The FLEXIPRIDE project, which is funded by BMBF within its initiative to strengthen international cooperation in education and research, aims at producing such multifunctional systems, which facilitate numerous novel applications. In particular, 3 different application scenarios are to be developed on the basis of mass printing technologies: a) solar-based energy source, b) solar-powered RFID tag, c) security seal. Project partners: Chromasens GmbH (Konstanz), Anil Printers Ltd. (India), IIT Kanpur (India), Chemnitz University of Technology, Professorship Print Media Technology (Chemnitz)

Duration
01.08.2012 - 31.07.2015

Contact person
Dipl.-Ing. Tino Zillger

pmIndia: Indo-German Research Center for New Media & Green Printing

Description
With the pmIndia Innovation Lab opening in Manipal in January 2013, pmTUC set another milestone in the Indo-German cooperation. The research focus of the lab will be on printed paper photovoltaics. The advantage of printed paper photovoltaic (3PV) cells is their low-cost production. Hence they could become a real alternative to conventional silicon-based solar cells. Further, the handling of paper solar cells is much easier and differs considerably from that of silicon solar cells. With its climate conditions and the high number of rural households without power supply, India seems to provide the perfect application field. This requires various tests of the 3PV technology under real climatic conditions and with local users. These tests will be carried out and evaluated by the research team at pmIndia Innovation Lab in Manipal. Further, possible business models, distribution channels, cost structures etc. have to be identified. In the long term, existing local printing plants should be able to print and sell 3PV cells and end-users run the solar modules individually and recycle them later.

Duration
01.01.2011 - 30.04.2015

Contact person
Deep Prakash, M.Sc. and Marcus Hansel, M.A.

BMBF marketing project "pmIndia - Linking High Potentials"

Description
Already since 2004 the Institute for Print and Media Technology at Chemnitz University of Technology [pmTUC] has been maintaining close connections to India. With the marketing project "pmIndia - Linking High Potentials" the pmTUC wants to further strengthen the cooperation. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within their initiative "Realisation of marketing actions in the target country India". pmIndia aims at interlinking the scientific-technological cooperation between Germany and India in the field of print and media technology and, thus, provide a solid basis for presenting the pmTUC as an active partner for research and education in India. The planned activities mainly involve the initiation of joint Indo-German research projects, the development of a stable R&D network between German and Indian science and research institutions, R&D networks and companies, the organisation of bilateral conferences and the promotion of student and researcher mobility.

Duration
01.10.2008 - 31.12.2010

Contact person
Dipl.-Wi.-Ing. Conny Schuhmann
Sylvia Strauß, M.A.

IFRA project "Establishment of New Newspaper Printing Plants - Are Standardised Concepts Possible?"

Description
For the first joined research project of the pmTUC and Manipal University, the pmTUC was able to win over the South Asia delegation of IFRA (globally active research and service organisation for the news publishing industry) with headquarters in Chennai, India. The project, which ran from February 2008 to February 2009, was concerned with the question if there are standardised planning concepts for the establishment of new newspaper printing plants in India. The universities were supported by representatives of the Indian newspaper industry, ranging from printing press manufacturers to printing plant owners. It was possible to win over some of the biggest Indian companies of the sector, including TechNova Imaging Systems Ltd. (manufacturer of printing plates), The Hindu (one of the biggest daily newspapers in India), GOSS (manufacturer of printing presses), Manugraph India Ltd. (manufacturer of printing presses) and Manipal Press Ltd. (printing plant). The findings of the research project were published as an IFRA special report. You may purchase the report from WAN-IFRA (free for IFRA members).

Duration
01.02.2008 - 28.02.2009

Contact person
Dipl.-Wi.-Ing. Conny Schuhmann


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