SYMPHONY: Smart Hybrid Multimodal Printed Harvesting of Energy


SYMPHONY aims for the development of new materials for low-cost and scalable printing and structuring processes to fabricate multimodal Energy Harvesting solutions based on the ferroelectric polymer P(VDF-TrFE) as well as printed energy storage devices and rectifiers not using rare elements and heavy metals.

The hybrid integration of these devices on flexible films with low power harvesting ICs will result in a specific cost below 1 €/mW. The reduction of hazardous waste and energy consumption in SYMPHONY starts with material selection and manufacturing, but ultimately unfolds its full potential in the most CO2-relevant application areas: renewable energy generation, room heating/cooling and mobility. The innovative Energy Harvesting concept of SYMPHONY used to power distributed sensor nodes will reduce emissions by 50 % increasing the efficiency of wind turbines (Smart Energy), making room heating/cooling 20 % more efficient (Smart Home) and supporting the transformation of urban mobility (Smart City).

CeSMA contributes by developing printing and structuring processes for piezo- and triboelectric architectures and by developing the following materials for Nanogenerators:

  • Stretchable piezoelectric PVDF composites and conductors
  • Materials for triboelectric energy harvesting
  • Magnetic particles and inks for magnetoelectric energy harvesting
Stretchable printed conductors
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Stretchable printed conductors

Funding authority:

The project SYMPHONY receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 862095.


Project duration:

48 Months



Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria / Fraunhofer ISC, Germany / RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden / Evonik Creavis, Germany / Eologix sensor technology, Austria / ARKEMA, France / Messfeld, Austria / Polymer Competenc Center Leoben, Austria / Tubolito, Austria / Linköping University, Sweden / Semperit, Austria / Infineon, Austria / Würth Electronik, Germany


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