Open-Innovation Photonics pilot for NWE


Project Summary

The Interreg NWE project OIP4NWE aims at establishing an open innovation pilot line for the development of generic photonic integration technology. Integrated photonics is the emerging technology where the manipulation of light takes place on a chip, making the components an order of magnitude cheaper, smaller and more energy-efficient compared to today’s solutions. By providing these services to SMEs across Europe, the project reduces PIC access barriers and strengthens the competitiveness and innovativeness of European SME sustainably on the global markets.

As application of PICs grows, North-West Europe needs to stay ahead. Therefore, intense collaboration between innovation stakeholders at transnational level is an important goal of the project. In OIP4NWE, equipment manufacturers, a pure-play foundry and researchers collaborate to establish an infrastructure and processes dedicated to the pilot production of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) based on Indium Phosphide. The capabilities will include packaging and external optics as well.

OIP4NWE consists of 11 full partners and 1 associated partner distributed over the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Eindhoven University of Technology 19 Groene Loper
Eindhoven
5612 AP
Netherlands
v.calzadilla@tue.nl www.tue.nl/en
Name Contact Name Email Country
AIXTRON SE Michael Heuken M.Heuken@aixtron.com Germany
Photonics Bretagne David Méchin dmechin@photonics-bretagne.com France
Vrije Universiteit Brussel Jürgen Van Erps jurgen.van.erps@vub.be Belgium
SMART Photonics Luc Augustin luc.augustin@smartphotonics.nl Netherlands
Tyndall National Institute Peter O'Brien peter.obrien@tyndall.ie Ireland
VTEC Lasers & Sensors Jan Mink jan@vtec-ls.nl Netherlands
Technobis Fibre Technologies Jelmer Weda jelmer.weda@technobis.com Netherlands
mBryonics Limited David Mackey david@mbryonics.com Ireland
Oxford Instruments nanotechnology Tools Ltd Robert Gunn robert.gunn@oxinst.com United Kingdom
NanoMicroMaterialsPhotonics.NRW Cluster c/o NMWP Management GmbH Dirk Kalinowski dirk.kalinowski@nmwp.de Germany
Photon Delta Ewit Roos ewit@photondelta.eu Netherlands

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The TransNational Network – your single entry point to the world of PICs

Photonics is an emerging technology with a potential multitrillion market. Innovative small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are at the forefront of this development, but the R&D costs are prohibitive for them. That’s why 12 partners from northwestern Europe are creating an open access pilot line that will drastically reduce costs and time for the pilot production of new products. The 14 million euro project (OIP4NWE) is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and kicked off in November, 2018 in Eindhoven.

Within the OIP4NWE project, a TransNational Network (TNN) of existing organisations has been built, active in engaging with SMEs in the implementation in the implementation of integrated photonics.

Consisting of some partners in this project and other additional support organisations not included in the project, the Network will be expanding over the life time of the project in order to reach new markets and increase the projects outreach.

An organisation joining the TNN will benefit from early identification of business opportunities, connecting to Digital Innovation Hubs, avail of knowledge and expertise in PIC technology and benefit from the pilot line established within the project OIP4NWE.

The TNN will be active in soliciting candidates for the voucher scheme, leading to 7 SMEs using the Pilot Line for PIC manufacturing. The TNN also supports the internal relationships between key work packages of the project, the vouchers to increase the outreach of the call for proposals and communications – the TransNational Network will be the project’s dissemination instrument and will promote open innovation collaboration. After project end, the TNN will remain in operation to serve as marketing instrument for attracting SMEs making use of the pilotline and other parts of the ecosystem.

Therefore, the TransNational Network is an important tool to reach the projects goals, increase the visibility of the emerging pilot line and the partners activities and gain sustainable success of the services offered within OIP4NWE.

Perfectly set from the beginning

But the TransNational Network doesn’t need to be set up from scratch – the project partners already include leading photonic innovation hubs and support organisations in the NWE region, and the task leader has approached EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium), a leading support organisation with a global presence, to include the TransNational Network in future outreach and dissemination activities. EPIC are the outreach and dissemination leaders for MIRPHAB, PIXAPP and JePPIX photonic pilot lines. In addition EPIC has a wide membership within the photonics industries and organise and attend multiple events including events, in USA and Asia.

That is why the TransNational Network has already started its work and represents the Interreg NWE project OIP4NWE internationally even before the network and their members themselves go public to introduce the TNN.

The TNN Partners

1 Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Eindhoven, NL)

Role:

RTO

 

Responsibilities:

Coordinator for JePPIX and the JePPIX Pilot Line

2 Photonics Bretagne (Lannion, F)

Role:

Photonic Innovation Hub

 

Responsibilities:

Outreach and dissemination

3 Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Brussels, B)

Role:

RTO

 

Responsibilities:

Coordinator for ACTPHAST4.0, task leader for Voucher WP

4 Tyndall National Institute (Coordinator, Cork, IE)

Role:

Create and expand TNN, collaboration and support from PIXAPP pilot line

 

Responsibilities:

Task Lead/RTO

5 Cluster NanoMikroWerkstoffePhotonik.NRW (Düsseldorf, D)

Role:

Photonic support organisation

 

Responsibilities:

Outreach and dissemination

6 Photon Delta Cooperatie (Eindhoven, NL)

Role:

Photonic Innovation Hub

 

Responsibilities:

Outreach and dissemination

7 European Photonics Industry Consortium (Paris, F)

Role:

Photonic support organisation

 

Responsibilities:

Outreach and dissemination

8 Photonics 21 (Düsseldorf, D)

Role:

Photonic support organisation

 

Responsibilities:

Outreach and dissemination

9 Knowledge Transfer Network – Innovate UK (London, UK)

Role:

Photonic support organisation

 

Responsibilities:

Outreach and dissemination

OIP4NWE Vouchers – be one of the first to benefit from the newly set-up Open Innovation PIC pilot line!

The OIP4NWE project aims at establishing an open innovation pilot line for the development of generic photonic integration technology. Equipment manufacturers, a pure-play foundry and researchers collaborate to establish the infrastructure and processes dedicated to the pilot production of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) based on Indium Phosphide. The capabilities will include packaging and external optics as well.
Be one of the first companies to test the PIC pilot line. After the pilot line has been set up and validated, a voucher scheme for 7 small and medium-sized enterprises will be set up to lift the technology readiness level (TRL) of their products from 4 to 7.

 

When is the call for vouchers opening?

The call will open around the beginning of 2021.

 

What are the minimum requirements to access the voucher call?

  • The applicant should be an SME according to the European definition. Applications of intermediaries such as consultants etc. are not eligible.
  • The applicant should be based in North-West Europe (regional and sectorial distribution will be pursued).
  • The applicant should have demonstrated the technical feasibility of his application proposal, i.e. the applicant should have a PIC design ready and preferably a validated prototype (the TRL level of their current PIC should be 4). Proposals for proof-of-concept type demonstrators are not eligible.
  • The applicant should demonstrate a business case for scale-up to volume production and/or how the funded project will positively impact on their future business.
  • Voucher recipients should agree to collaborate on documenting their use case (to be used as dissemination material to attract other users of the pilot line, during as well as after the project).

 

What does the voucher cover?

  • Mentoring and support on non-technical aspects of PIC implementation.
  • Design verification to check compatibility of the PIC design with the OIP4NWE pilot line.
  • Preparation of integration of the PIC into the product of the SME.
  • Manufacturing of the PICs on the OIP4NWE pilot line.

 

How can I get into contact for further questions or a voucher application?

Please contact the leader of the OIP4NWE voucher scheme workpackage:

 

Jürgen Van Erps

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

voucher@oip4nwe.eu

 

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