aims to develop a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly realization of energy harvesting.
Establishing the ERHASE cluster – EneRgy HArvesting for a Sustainable future
Together with two other European projects SYMPHONY started a new international initiative and formed the cluster ERHASE – EneRgy HArvesting for a Sustainable future. The three projects – FAST SMART, InComEss and SYMPHONY are funded by the European Commission under the same action in 2019 call on energy harvesters.
SYMPHONY welcomes a new partner!
Since May 2022, Evonik has sold the TAeTTOOz® materials technology for printable rechargeable batteries to the InnovationLab GmbH (https://corporate.evonik.com/en/evonik-sells-taettooz-materials-technology-to-innovationlab-173925.html). Therefore, a change in the SYMPHONY Consortium occurred with the replacement of the partner Evonik with InnovationLab (https://www.innovationlab.de/en/printed-electronics/).
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SYMPHONY international collaborations and events
and update of results
The project SYMPHONY was recently promoted in several international events and will be present in the autumnal events.
- Second International Energy Harvesting Workshop “EnerHarv22” in North Carolina (USA)
- „Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften“ in Graz (AT)
- EPE’22 ECCE Europe, Hannover (D)
- 2022 E-MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibit, Warsaw (PL)
Furthermore, collaboration with Smart2Go, InComEss and Fast Smart – european-funded projects as well – was established.
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Peer reviewed publication:
High magnetoelectric coupling of Metglas and P(VDF-TrFE) laminates
Staaf, H., Sawatdee, A., Rusu, C. et al. High magnetoelectric coupling of Metglas and P(VDF-TrFE) laminates. Sci Rep 12, 5233 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-09171-3
Magnetoelectric (magnetic/piezoelectric) heterostructures bring new functionalities to develop novel transducer devices such as (wireless) sensors or energy harvesters and thus have been attracting research interest in the last years. We have studied the magnetoelectric coupling between Metglas films (2826 MB) and poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) in a laminate structure. The metallic Metglas film itself served as bottom electrode and as top electrode we used an electrically conductive polymer, poly(3,4-ethylene-dioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). Besides a direct electrical wiring via a graphite ink, a novel contactless readout method is presented using a capacitive coupling between the PEDOT:PSS layer and an electrode not in contact with the PEDOT:PSS layer. From the experimental result we determined a magnetoelectric coupling of 1445 V/(cm·Oe) at the magnetoelastic resonance of the structure, which is among the highest reported values for laminate structures of a magnetostrictive and a piezoelectric polymer layer. With the noncontact readout method, a magnetoelectric coupling of about 950 V/(cm·Oe) could be achieved, which surpasses previously reported values for the case of direct sample contacting. 2D laser Doppler vibrometer measurements in combination with FE simulations were applied to reveal the complex vibration pattern resulting in the strong resonant response.
Results after 18 project months
The SYMPHONY Project had completed its first 18 months. A lot has already been achieved since the start of the project. Read a summary of the results from the work so far.
First hybrid SYMPHONY meeting hosted by Joanneum Research in Weiz
After 18 months from the start of the SYMPHONY project, on October 7 – 8, 2021, it was finally possible to welcome most of the SYMPHONY partners at Joanneum Research Materials in Weiz. With around 20 participants in Weiz and 25 connected remotely, the meeting has offered many opportunities for open discussions and interactions.
What We Do
The SYMPHONY project is addressing the 21st century challenges concerning the spread of electronic systems in remote locations requiring a change in power generation. Current IoT scenarios expect around 75 billion connected devices by 2025, and the powering of these devices by batteries will result in a considerable amount of potentially hazardous waste. The project consortium aims to develop cost effective and scalable methods to print energy harvesting materials on flexible films and to combine them with energy efficient electronics and sensor technologies.
SYMPHONY in a nutshell
SYMPHONY makes use of dislocated and disordered energy sources with the development of an innovative energy autonomous sensor system.
News & Events
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Motivation & Impact
SYMPHONY will contribute significantly to acceleration of future low-carbon competitive economy. The project delivers an energy supply platform for the powering of wireless sensors/sensor nodes for monitoring remote or difficult-to-access locations.
SYMPHONY adresses three use cases to validate the impact of its new energy harvestig materials: wind turbines, bicycle tubes and smart floors
SYMPHONY aims to develop cost-efficient self-powered flexible sensors and printed batteries by using smart printing technologies
Partners and Stakeholders
The project includes 13 top EU innovation performers (researchers and companies) from 4 European countries.
Generating New Ideas for EUROPE
The SYMPHONY project receives funding from the European Union for its innovative development goals.
million € total EU-Funding
scientists and technicians
remote meetings since start
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Fig 1: PVDF-TrFE multilayer stack with stretchable electrodes based on Carbon Black/PDMS
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Fig 8: First measurements in wind tunnel of the energy harvested with the SYMPHONY triboelectric nanogenerator for the wind turbine use case
The project combines various materials and technologies to a future SYMPHONY of sensor technology and energy harvesting.
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The SYMPHONY Partners – the orchestra
13 partners from industry and research
Let’s Start Something new
Dr. Jonas Groten
Joanneum Research (Austria)
Messfeld GmbH (Austria)