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Smart buildings are investigated by the joint research programme FLEX-G (photo: Hightex GmbH)

FLEX-G project investigates smart buildings through innovative membrane roofs and facades

The Cooperative Research Project FLEX-G started on 1 June 2017 under the federal construction technology initiative named ENERGIEWENDEBAUEN funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The main goal of the research project is to investigate technologies for the manufacturing of translucent and transparent membrane roof and façade elements with integrated optoelectronic components. The focus lies on a switchable total energy transmittance (often referred to as the solar factor or solar heat gain, and “g-value” in Europe) and on flexible solar cell integration to significantly contribute to both energy saving and power generation in buildings.


Large area OLED lighting (photo: Fraunhofer FEP)

Fraunhofer FEP and Sefar AG develop roll-to-roll processed large area flexible OLED

The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP in Dresden, Germany, as one of the leading partners for research and development for surface technologies and organic electronics and Swiss-based Sefar AG, a leading manufacturer of precision fabrics from monofilaments, developed a roll-to-roll processed large area flexible OLED during a joint project.


SCHOTT has the ability to produce the glass in thicknesses of just 30 micrometers and eliminates the use of hydrofluoric acid within the slimming process, a harmful and health-damaging material

KONFEKT – ultra-thin glass on roll for flexible electronics at LOPEC

With support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), technology development partners Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP (Dresden, Germany), SCHOTT AG (Mainz, Germany), VON ARDENNE GmbH (Dresden, Germany) and tesa SE (Norderstedt, Germany) have been developing new applications for ultra-thin glass on roll since 2013 in the research consortium KONFEKT.


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