MIRPHAB is an EC funded project, with reference 688265, in a public-private partnership with photonics21, with the goal of creating a commercially viable pilot line for the Fabrication of mid-IR sensors that is ready for business by 2020. This result will be achieved by setting up and operating a fabrication platform with open access for fast mid-IR device prototyping to European industry.
Photonics has been identified as Key Enabling Technology (KET) crucial for the industrial transformation of Europe and for triggering innovation in processes, products and sevices becoming a strategic building block for new and innovative industrial value chain. To obtain innovative photonics-based products and services, pilot production is essential. It allows enterprises to test and demonstrate innovative solutions and gather information about the performance and behavior of a future product and production line.
The Pilot Lines will focus on health applications, flexible organic light-emitting diodes and sensors for the detection of chemicals in gas and liquids. The European Commission has invested €35 million in these projects to boost Europe’s industrial competitiveness. This is part of the Commission’s €700 million investment in the Photonics Public Private Partnership over the seven years of Horizon 2020, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
“With these Pilot Lines Europe will position itself at the forefront of innovation in photonics. Our companies, and in particular the manufacturing sector, will have access to support for innovation and the facilities needed to get ahead in global markets. Photonics is a crucial component for the successful digitalisation of European industry and the economy” said European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger.
The Photonics PPP was launched in December 2013 by the European Commission in order to reinforce European leadership in Photonics, one of the key enabling technologies (KETs). Photonics are driving innovation in many areas, from communications to advanced energy efficient lighting, and from early detection of diseases to safety and security.
The Photonics PPP links up the European industry (large players and SMEs), researchers, academia and the European Commission to cooperate in research and innovation in the Photonics domain and define strategic roadmaps in sectors which can shape the future digital economy of the EU and revolutionise the industrial landscape. The Photonics PPP is characterised by having a strong impact in cross-cutting areas: that is why Photonics can drive the transformation of EU into a digital society and strengthen Europe’s Digital Single Market.
The four manufacturing Pilot Lines are PIX4LIFE, MIRPHAB, PI-SCALE and PIXAPP.