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Magazine for Organic & Printed Electronics

tion process fail to progress. This gap typi-

cally occurs at the point where a conceptual

idea needs to be validated, and the equip-

ment and processes needed for production

need to be procured. It is at this stage that

independent innovation centres such as the

UK’s Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) can

support companies on their way forward.

This includes advice on more industry appli-

cable materials for formulation, on how to

print deposit material better or helping them

with the whole ecosystem for upscaling and

validation. An innovation centre can help

to take innovations from idea to com-

mercialisation through funding, lab space,

specialist help and a network of partners.

Thus, the challenge for printed and

organic electronics to be used in smart,

sustainable buildings is to prove that they are

more flexible and conformable and cost-effi-

cient than conventional electronics. To do this

we not only need a critical mass of companies

developing these techniques but also the

opportunity for these companies to test their

devices on the market. As in any new market,

early adopters, who are ready to try out new

products before others and are willing to

pay more for the product than later adop-

ters, are needed to provide feedback about

product deficiencies and upgrades required.

Once printed and organic electron-

ics are mass produced and cost-efficient,

there is really no limit to how smart we can

make buildings. From directing your guests

to the right floor, telling you when you

need to buy milk, indicating your posture

is wrong, alerting when it is time to re-fill

your prescription, or keeping temperature

and lighting correct for all hours of the

day, the only limit is your imagination.

References

[1]

http://www.idtechex.com/research/

reports/printed-organic-and-flexible-

electronics-forecasts-players-and-

opportunities-2017-2027-000510.asp

[2]

http://www.buildingefficiencyinitia

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tive.org/articles/what-smart-building

[3] Ostfeld, A.E.; Arias, A.C.: “Flexible

photovoltaic power systems: integra-

tion opportunities, challenges and

advances,” Flexible and Printed Electro-

nics, vol. 2, iss. 1, p. 13001, 2017.

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