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Micro Energy Source Platform

Published on 9 August 2016


  • The micro-energy-source platform brings together R&D for the full range of independent power solutions for smart cards, sensors, laptop computers, and other mobile devices.The micro-energy-source platform brings together R&D for the full range of independent power solutions for smart cards, sensors, laptop computers, and other mobile devices.
    The platform occupies 1,000 sq. m of clean rooms and boasts around 30 pieces of pre-industrial equipment used to develop micro-batteries and micro-fuel-cells. R&D at the platform focuses heavily on optimizing materials using techniques like thin-layer deposition for batteries, methods to enhance the performance and durability of fuelcell catalyst and collector materials.


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50 engineers and technicians

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Around 30 pieces of equipment, including PVD and CVD capabilities

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€20 million in investment

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Multiple partners including STMicroelectronics and Intelligent Energy

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1,000 sq. m of clean rooms


30 patent applications P.A


  • The platform possesses advanced equipment—a flash sintering furnace to make ultra-pure materials and a cluster of five PVD chambers for finelayer deposition—and can develop processes up to the pre-industrial phase.The platform’s main industrial partners are STMicroelectronics for micro-batteries just a hundred microns thick and Intelligent Energy for fuel-cell chargers for mobile electronics.