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Development of lighting system with uniform luminous power based on microchips

The project is focused on the development of an innovative ligthting system based on the assembly of microchips using roll-to-roll manufacturing processes over flexible substrates. The system will include advanced optical designs for uniform luminosity and advanced thermal management.

The project will aim at the development of a complete lighting system, based on the assembly of micro-components over a flexible substrate, with optimized printed interconnection tracks and encapsulation. The system will comprise appropriate diffusers for a homogeneous luminous flux and optimized thermal management for enhanced performance and durability. LED-based point source luminaires are already technologically mature, but the market demands large area flexible light sources which are currently only available by organic lighting sources, with low lifetime, low efficacies and high costs compared to inorganic LEDs. The LIGHT-UP project will address these market needs by developing a complete lighting system, based entirely on inorganic light sources and innovative roll-to-roll manufacturing processes. The main exploitable results that will derive from the LIGHT-UP project are directly correlated to the project objectives and the envisaged technological developments, and include: • Optimised design of diffusing optics for enhanced uniformity in luminosity of flexible lighting systems based on microLEDs. • Design and simulation of optimal and cost-effective thermal management • Optimization of roll-to-roll production processes for the development of cost-effective lighting systems based on microchips assembly and optimization of manufacturing process for optical features. The project partners are SMEs from Spain and UK with strong expertise in the field of research and development of innovating lighting systems. The project is oriented to the Global Lighting Market, which is expected to have revenues of 110 Billion € by 2020. A number of megatrends underlie this growth: world population growth and a move to urbanisation, plus a focus on dwindling resources and global warming. There is a major move to energy efficiency – led by cost and regulation. At this respect, LED technology promises many benefits, including long life-time and energy efficiency. Within the global lighting market, the project will address initially two market segments: emergency lighting and residential lighting. Such a focused choice is justified by the need of optimize resources of the SMEs, which are already present in these markets. This constitutes therefore the natural route to exploitation for the project partners. The possibility to expand to new markets, however, will also be considered, through subsequent cooperation or licensing to third European companies operating in markets of interest such as: outdoor lighting, displays, advertising, etc. The residential lighting segment will constitute 40% of the LED global lighting market by 2020, which will remain the biggest application in the lighting market. The market size is also dramatically increasing by the transition to high efficient lighting, by the trend of urbanisation as well as global phase out of inefficient lighting technologies. The emergency lighting segment is also a significant player, representing approximately 5% of the global lighting market. The project partners see a clear business opportunity with the development of this project to reinforce their market position and to open new ones by offering high added value products for different sectors.
Acronym: 
LIGHT-UP
Project ID: 
9 558
Start date: 
18-03-2015
Project Duration: 
30months
Project costs: 
1 150 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Electronics, Microelectronics
Market Area: 
Power Supplies

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