Horizon 2020 grant for PeroCUBE

10 May 2020

Oxford's Department of Physics is pleased to announce a Horizon 2020 Grant for perovskite-based lighting, wearables and fabric devices with LiFi and photovoltaic capability has been approved and started 1 April 2020.

The EU H2020-funded project PeroCUBE aims at developing flexible, lightweight perovskite-based electronics, creating new commercial opportunities for the lighting, energy and telecom industries. The consortium brings together 14 industrial and academic partners from 10 European countries.

This innovative collaboration, which engages the industry, academia and research organisations, represents the whole value chain and breeding ground needed to develop a new generation of sustainable perovskite-based devices. Already seen as a promising game-changer for the energy sector, this European consortium will allow the demonstration of the technology’s viability as a commercial product. The project will last 42 months for a total requested EU contribution of EUR 5.6M.

The organic-inorganic metal halide 3D and lower dimensional semiconductors (usually referred to these days as perovskite), already used in PV technologies, have a strong potential to dominate the OLAE (Organic and Large Area Electronics) market by providing advanced lighting solutions (PE-LED).

PeroCUBE has two main objectives: producing efficient, simple and low-cost light sources closer to natural light sources and supporting the development of more stable and sustainable, efficient and low-cost solar panels. By combining these promising technologies, the consortium seeks to develop a new generation of Visual Light Communication (VLC) and LiFi (light fidelity) standard, widening the scope for human centric lighting (HCL), data transmission, wearables and IOT applications that do not cause harm to humans nor the environment.

The University of Oxford will bring its expertise in the development of application-driven perovskite materials and the fabrication of efficient photovoltaic and light-emitting devices to the PeroCUBE project. PeroCUBE will allow for the optimisation of both the manufacturability of such materials and the performance of the final PeroCUBE devices. This project will pave the way for development of optoelectronic perovskite devices, developing large area lighting panels and the results produced in the project will assist the European industry to maintain its industrial leadership in lighting.

About PeroCUBE
The PeroCUBE – High-Performance Large Area Organic Perovskite devices for lighting, energy and Pervasive Communication – consortium consists of 14 partners. Namely:

  1. CSEM SA (CH) as coordinator and leader for the development of perovskite-based PV devices;
  2. VTT (FIN) manufacturing approaches for Large Area flexible PeroCUBE devices and their integration into wearables;
  3. University of Oxford (UK) for developing LED and PV device technologies;
  4. University of Patras for tuning the perovskite upscaled industrial synthesis as well as providing improved perovskite structures;
  5. Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung (DE) for electro-optical characterization of PeLED devices and their encapsulation;
  6. Aura Light Italia (IT) as integrator of lighting applications, innovation, dissemination and IPR management;
  7. TNO (NL) for Life Cycle Assessment and hazard and nanotoxicity assessment which will take into account the benefits as well as the potential risks of PeroCUBE devices across various life cycle stages of the product;
  8. CNRS (F) for the optimization of the perovskite material;
  9. Vodafone Innovus (EL) for light fidelity connectivity applications;
  10. Technische Universität Wien (AT) developing micron- and nanoscale characterisation of packaged PE-LED devices and PE-LED materials;
  11. Alpes Laser SA (CH) for the laser source for perovskite characterization;
  12. Eulambia Advanced Technologies Ltd. (EL) for the Perocube transceiver integration;
  13. Optiva Media (ES) for the implementation and validation of the PeLiFi demonstration prototype;
  14. Noesis Technologies (EL) for project, data and IPR management and exploitation support.

The PeroCUBE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and
innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 861985 with an overall budget of EUR 5.6M.
The project website is under preparation and will be launched in Q4 2020.

PeroCUBE and Oxford
The University of Oxford has already established two spin-off companies to exploit the perovskite-based technologies (Oxford PV, Helio Display Materials), pursuing the commercialising of relevant products. PeroCUBE will enable the University of Oxford to advance the technology readiness level of perovskite LEDs and further develop the processability of perovskite photovoltaics, further establishing the position of the University of Oxford in the field and benefiting its commercial activities.

Additional information
Professor Henry Snaith
Professor of Physics
Clarendon Laboratory
Parks Road, Oxford
Phone: +44 1865 272300
Email: henry.snaith@physics.ox.ac.uk