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Advanced Manufacturing of Flexible Electronics - OLEDSOLAR

Webinars 17 February 2022

This webinar will present a snapshot of the latest developments from four partners of the European Horizon 2020 OLEDSOLAR project. Specifically focusing on automated manufacturing, in-line monitoring, waste reduction and improved yield of the production of opto-electronic components.

The OLEDSOLAR project is concerned with innovative manufacturing processes and in-line monitoring techniques for the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes), thin film and organic photovoltaic industries (CIGS (Copper indium gallium selenide) and OPV (Organic Photovoltaic)). The project has been running for just over three years and is now in its final phase, in which the tools and processes developed will be implemented on pilot and production lines.

A multidisciplinary team of leading European RTOs and industries have collaborated their efforts in a joint 42-month effort to execute the related project activities.

The thin-film opto-electronic production technologies developed as part of this project will enable a wealth of new applications for solar cells, from installations on curved surfaces to building-integrated solar generation.

Organised as eight closely interrelated and interacting work packages, this coordinated European action strives for maximum impact in R&D, product and business development, as well as impact in our society.

 

Programme

Time

Topic

Speaker

13.00

Welcome

Martin Bourton (TWI)

13.00

The OLEDSOLAR Collaborative Project

Marja Vilkman (VTT)

13.05

Automatic Tools for the Production of Organic Solar Power Films

Sergio Lopera (ASCA)

13.20

High Accuracy R2R Printed Electronics Alignment through Registration

Harmen Rooms (Coatema)

13.35

Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) for the Quality Control of Organic Electronics: Water Vapour Transmission Rate (WVTR) and more

Florian Gruber (FH IWS)

13.50

Questions and Discussion

The Panel

14.00

Close

Martin Bourton (TWI)

 

The OLEDSOLAR Collaborative Project

Marja Vilkman (VTT)

The OLEDSOLAR project is concerned with innovative manufacturing processes and in-line monitoring techniques for the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes), thin film and organic photovoltaic industries (CIGS (Copper indium gallium selenide) and OPV (Organic Photovoltaic)). The project has been running for just over three years and is now in its final phase, in which the tools and processes developed will be implemented on pilot and production lines.

A multidisciplinary team of leading European RTOs and industries have collaborated their efforts in a joint 42-month effort to execute the related project activities.

The thin-film opto-electronic production technologies developed as part of this project will enable a wealth of new applications for solar cells, from installations on curved surfaces to building-integrated solar generation.

Organised as eight closely interrelated and interacting work packages, this coordinated European action strives for maximum impact in R&D, product and business development as well as impact in our society.

 

Automatic Tools for the Production of Organic Solar Power Films

Sergio Lopera (ASCA GmbH – An ARMOR Group company)

Organic printed electronics, and especially organic photovoltaics, are emerging technologies addressing multiple challenges to step into bigger markets and bridge the gap between promising R&D results and reliable cost-effective industrial production. One such challenge is the lack of mature standard technologies that can correctly match the specificity of every new material, stack or formulation, without the high investment costs and inflexibility, normally associated with bespoke turnkey solutions from advanced machine manufacturers. In this presentation, ASCA will present some of its in-house machine developments that allow gradual up-scaling of production capabilities, as well as innovative process developments, based upon its unique cumulative know-how on material processing and industrial equipment development.

 

High Accuracy R2R Printed Electronics Alignment through Registration

Harmen Rooms (Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH)

In the printed electronics industry, accurate alignment of printed structures is a mandatory aspect. The goal is to achieve registration alignment of 10 micrometres or less in the coming years. For more than a decade, Coatema has been working with Offcode Oy in a strategic partnership to develop a registration system that meets these challenging needs. As part of several public funded projects, such as REGAC, Smartonics, Supersmart and OLEDSolar, Coatema has been working to improve alignment accuracy by improving its machinery designs. Now with advances in environmental condition monitoring, including temperature, humidity and vibration, data analysis can be used for greater understanding of the causes of error, thereby moving towards the required accuracy (e.g. for printed transistors). This session will present recent developments in this area, along with results of registration alignment for screen printing using the Click&CoatTM machine at the Coatema R&D Centre.

 

Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) for the Quality Control of Organic Electronics: Water Vapour Transmission Rate (WVTR) and more

Florian Gruber (Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS)

Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) allows spatial and spectral analysis of surfaces and layer systems and enables access to qualitative or quantitative sample properties. This presentation will show the potential of HSI for quality control in the field of organic electronics. In particular, the fast and non-destructive prediction of the water vapour transmission rate (WVTR) of barrier films by HSI in combination with machine learning will be-discussed. This inspection technology, developed within OLEDSOLAR, is ‘semi’ in-line capable and reduces the measurement time of WVTR from days/weeks to a few minutes.

 

Who Should Attend

Developers and users in the field of organic electronics, manufacturers of solar cells, thin films and modules and other continuous production processes, where 100% control of product quality is highly desirable.

 

Speakers

Dr. Marja Vilkman - Senior Scientist

Dr. Marja Vilkman

Senior Scientist
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Dr Marja Vilkman is a senior scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. She is the coordinator of the OLEDSOLAR project and has been working in the field of printed and flexible electronics for 20 years. Her areas of expertise include materials and processing methods for solar cells, batteries and transistors.

Dr Sergio Lopera - Head of Equipment and Characterization

Dr Sergio Lopera

Head of Equipment and Characterization
ASCA GmbH – An ARMOR Group company

Dr Sergio Lopera is a Senior Engineer at ASCA GmbH, he is responsible for the automation of production processes and development of new machines for organic photovoltaic fabrication and characterisation. His areas of expertise include microfabrication, roll-to-roll (R2R) material processing, laser ablation and optical design.

Harmen Rooms - Head of R&D Projects

Harmen Rooms

Head of R&D Projects
Coatema

Harmen Rooms studied Applied Physics at the Fontys University in Eindhoven and received his Bachelor degree in 2003.

He worked at Philips N.V. in the field of electrooptical characterization of OLED devices and at OTB Research as a measurement and analysis engineer. At TNO and the Holst Centre, he continued his work on OLEDs, focusing on modelling and optical simulations. During this time, he participated in the European Multiscale Modelling Platform (MMP) project. Harmen also co-initiated and worked on several national and European projects, such as CPV4All (setting-up pilot production of concentrated PV modules) and Clean4Yield (in-line measurement and yield control in R2R applications).

In 2018 he joined Coatema as Head of R&D Projects, leading a team that coordinates and delivers public funded projects.

Florian Gruber - Junior Scientist

Florian Gruber

Junior Scientist
Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS

Florian Gruber (MSc) is a junior scientist at Fraunhofer Insitut for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden. He is part of the OLEDSOLAR project and works on hyperspectral imaging (HSI) and machine learning.

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