EUREKA! TT s.r.l., the investment company of “Eureka! Fund I – Technology Transfer” (https://www.eurekaventure.it/) that finances Proof-of-Concept (POC) projects of Italian universities and research centers, has chosen to fund through an innovation contract the CNR – Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems “Eduardo Caianiello” (ISASI) together with the ENEA – Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development.
The Proof of Concept project named ALICE- Actuators based on LIght sensitive CompositE”, targets the development of smart photomobile polymer-based materials through printing processes (3D/4D) and uses them as actuators to realize solar trackers in photovoltaic, solar concentrator and thermodynamic fields.
The proposing teams, leaded by the ISASI Researcher Lucia PETTI, and by the ENEA researcher Giuseppe NENNA, exploiting the technological achievements of the FET OPEN PULSE-COM project and using innovative materials and deposition methods aim to develop innovative actuators which can be moved by solar light too. Starting from two International patents the project aims to propose a new class of proof of concept systems to revolutionize the markets and changing the current paradigms in the fields of smart devices, robotics, sensors and actuators.