MATFLEXEND MATerials for FLEXible ENergy harvesting Devices
(FP7 # 604093, EU funded project)
Expected to run from October 1st, 2013 till September 30th, 2016. The MATFLEXEND consortium comprises ten partners and is led by Fraunhofer IZM, Berlin.
MATFLEXEND investigates new materials for energy harvesting that are flexible, durable as well as solution-processable into printable inks, and which therefore enable mass-producible energy harvesters which integrate mechanical-to-electrical energy
conversion and storage in a single device. Basic research in developing new materials and formulations will thus be complemented by testing them for printability, so as to enable mass fabrication of such harvesters in a printing process.
Applications include smart textiles such as garments or insoles, as well as other essentially planar devices, such as e.g. a smart card, or an autonomous electrochemical sensor applied to a surface. Selected applications will be analyzed and specified..
The consortium consists of 8 partners from 4 countries. It includes two research institutes in the field of micro and nanotechnology, two SMEs active in clothing R&D and production, two universities leader in wearable bioengineering, and two companies expert in engineering and manufacturing of textiles for demanding markets.
Smartex is involved as full contractor in the European Union funded project "MATFLEXEND". More information on the project can be found at the project official web site: