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Innovative pilot lines for sustainable graphene-based flexible and structural energy harvesting and storage devices

GRAPHERGIA is a 3.5-year Research and Innovation Project, joining 11 partners from 6 European countries. Its main goal is to develop a novel and holistic approach enabling the processing, deployment and integration of graphene-based materials and nanohybrids, directly into pertinent energy harvesting and storage devices. This will pave the way for scalable, cost-efficient, and climate-neutral production of two kinds of two-dimensional (2D) material technologies:

Firstly, the partners will apply this innovative method to e-textiles aimed at smart clothing, with the specific functions of wearable power supplying and self-powered structural sensors. The objective is to produce all-in-one, multifunctional self-charging power textiles with integrated electronic systems offering a user-centric technology that interfaces the wearer to the Internet of Things (IoT) through wireless sensor signal transmission.

Secondly, the project will define the next-generation electrodes for Li-ion batteries. This exploration will capitalise on the consortium partners’ IPR-protected technologies, integrating them with 2D materials and process-oriented approaches. The development is based on low-cost raw materials and inherently scalable fabrication approaches, ensuring cost-effective and eco-friendly production of energy harvesting and storage devices.

Starting from the present technology readiness level (TRL) of 3-4, the consortium delves into innovative concepts for 2D materials engineering and integration at TRL 5 or higher, establishing versatile pilot-scale-based approaches for these two application categories.

GRAPHERGIA is supported by the European Union, under Horizon Europe Programme (Grant Agreement n.101120832).