Meet CircEl-Paper on the LOPEC 2024 in Munich 

Functional electronics for green, circular and digital economy – 10 projects in one poster session

 

Under this heading, eight large collaborative Horizon Europe projects with a total budget of 35 million euros an 2 Projects financed with the Joint Undertaking Key Digital technologies (KDT) present their view on sustainable, climate-neutral and green electronics

The projects in detail:

UNICORN – Unveiling Innovation Potential of Circular Approaches in Automotive Electronics and Beyond
ECOTRON – How to minimize the ecological footprint for functional electronics?
HyPELignum – Exploring wooden materials in hybrid printed electronics: a holistic approach towards functional electronics with net zero carbon emissions
SusFE – Innovative Processes & Methodologies for Next Generation Sustainable Functional Electronic Components and Systems
SUINK – SUstainable self-charging power systems developed by INKjet printing
Sustain-a-Print – Sustainable materials and process for green printed electronics
CircEl-Paper – Circular Economy Applied To Electronic Printed Circuit Boards Based On Paper
REFORM – Printed Electronics for the Circular Economy
Sustronics – Sustainable and green electronics for circular economy
Eecone – European ECOsystem for greeN Electronic

At LOPEC 2024, on the initiative of CircEl-Paper and HyPELignum, these projects will present themselves with a short status report as part of a dedicated poster session in the foyer of the ICM, booth 12/13 during the LOPEC conference and exhibition.

First testing with new “CircEl-Paper” paper and inks 

The first functional tests device (daisy chain array) using VFP conductive ink and built on paper from Fedrigoni modified at RISE. Design, printing and assembling performed at Joanneum. The first “bright” milestone towards our paper PCB.

It works!

 

 

 

 

See our little video about bilateral RI.SE – Joanneum Workshop

Oliver Werzer from Joanneum Research, Austria, visited CircelPaper project partner Valerio Beni and the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden team for a bilateral meeting. Thanks for sharing the video, Oliver and Valerio!

Press release published:
CircEl-Paper – recyclable paper-based electronics

 
Abstract:

Millions of tons of electronic waste are produced in the EU every year. With a novel approach, the new EU project “CircEl-Paper” could sustainably improve the recycling process for electronics in the future.

Globally, 53 million tons were produced, only about 17 percent of waste was verifiably collected and properly disposed of, according to the Global E-Waste Monitor 2020 – a large amount of valuable materials produced at great expense is thus regularly lost.

The CircEl-Paper project team will demonstrate the diverse areas in which paper-based PCB technology can be applied with three use cases from the fields of medicine, logistics and consumer electronics: A medical sensor for measuring glucose levels on the skin, packaging with an integrated time-temperature indicator (TTI) or greeting cards that play music exemplify the technology’s performance and adaptability.

 

Our new project leaflet is available online!

Circular Economy
Applied to Electronic Printed Boards Based on Paper

CircEl-Paper contributes to the aim to increase the amount of e-waste recycling in the EU by feeding it in the paper recycling process that is well established throughout the EU and accepted by the consumers.

CircEl-Paper focusses on the widely used board technology (Printed Circuit Board PCB) and aims for replacing the fiber-composite core material FR4 by paper technology. Based on recently developed manufacturing processes of circuitry on paper, integration density has to be increased and sound evaluation of separation of used electronic materials in the recycling process has to be carried out.

In order to transfer the PCB technology to circular economy each process step is scrutinized and alternative approaches are developed in order to increase the part of the materials that are recyclable, bio-based, or based on secondary raw materials, or at least harmless for the environment.

Three different use cases in the field of medical application, logistics and consumer electronics, are realized demonstrating the performance of the paper-based PCB.

The CircEl-Paper project is carried out by wellknown RTO, academic partners and manufacturing enterprises:
Fraunhofer (project coordinator), Joanneum Research, RISE, ArjoWiggins, VFP, Malmö Mönsterkort, and G-INP.

Read more soon on this page or on our social media channels.
If you have any questions about the CircEl-Paper project, please contact our research team.

Partners

Paper-based printed electronics - easy to recycle, resource-saving © Antoine Julien/Grenoble INP - Pagora
Paper-based printed electronics - easy to recycle, resource-saving © Antoine Julien/Grenoble INP - Pagora

 

Joint action for the “sustainable electronics” projects – collaboration between CircEl-Paper and HyPELignum

 

 

 

Paper-based printed electronics - easy to recycle, resource-saving © Antoine Julien/Grenoble INP - Pagora

First “bright”milestone! © Oliver Werzer, Joanneum Research

CircEl-Paper launched a playlist in youtube – more CircEl-Paper videos coming soon on

CircEl-Paper Playlist

 

 

 

 

Paper-based printed electronics - easy to recycle, resource-saving © Antoine Julien/Grenoble INP - Pagora

Paper-based printed electronics – easy to recycle, resource-saving. © Antoine Julien, Grenoble INP – Pagora

Paper-based printed electronics - easy to recycle, resource-saving © Antoine Julien/Grenoble INP - Pagora
Horizon Europe (HORIZON)

CircEl-Paper – Circular Economy Applied To Electronic Printed Circuit Boards Based On Paper
Grant No: 101070114
Topic ID: HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01-31
Contribution to the development of new concepts, designs and technologies in electronics to support and enable circular economy and sustainability.