Started from an initial LEM (Light & Energy Management) concept, this field of activity of the CRM Group has progressively been extended towards all eco-innovative surfaces which allow harvesting or converting energy. Current applications include solid state lighting, printed electronics, fuel cells and solar technologies. The internal testing and up-scaling possibilities on our tailored pilot lines significantly reduce the risks of subsequent industrialisation for our research partners and customers.
Solid state lightning (LEDs)
CRM Group is developing advanced metallic substrates for optoelectronic applications in solid state lighting and display in the future.
CRM Group elaborates new materials for Fuel Cells, such as chemically resistant bipolar plates.
Structured coatings achieved by using screen printing or inkjet can turn metals into ideal substrate for surface-mounted devices and smart systems. The “steeltronic” concept CRM Group introduced in 2006 allows controlling electricity or light flow paths on metallic surfaces. With this technology, CRM Group participates to the development of printed electronics.
Solar technologies and radiation management
By means of tailored surface coatings, the CRM Group is able to tune energy exchanges between an irradiated material and its environment. Light reflectors, selective solar absorbers and heat shields are examples of products that we developed and transferred to production plant. Since 2006, we are thus involved in domestic solar technologies for the production of hot water. Based on our expertise in wet and dry coatings, we also elaborated innovative electrical metallic surfaces to support the production of photovoltaic stripes. CRM Group is additionally involved in atmospheric processed dye-sensitized solar cells, which are low-cost solar cells belonging to the group of thin film solar cells. These have a number of attractive features: they are simple to manufacture using conventional roll-printing techniques and they are semi-flexible and semi-transparent (which offers a variety of uses not applicable to glass-based systems). Finally, in the field of direct conversion of solar to chemical energy, CRM Group also initiated activities on solar photolysis.