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Sviluppo di pompe di calore basate sull'impiego di semiconduttori a film sottile

Un produttore austriaco di pompe di calore intende esplorare opportunità di impiego dei semiconduttori a film sottile nella progettazione di pompe di calore di nuova generazione. L'azienda cerca partner industriali, accademici, di ricerca con competenza nella progettazione, sviluppo e produzione di semiconduttori per valutare la fattibilità di questa idea, dal progetto fino alla realizzazione di prototipi.


An innovative Austrian manufacturer of air heat pumps has developed high efficient systems using a novel approach to improve the heat transport on the system level. The current market includes heating systems in the power range between 8 kW and 20 kW.

The company is seeking partners to research and develop the next generation heat pump based on semiconductor devices. This next generation heat pump is completely silent, scalable and can be very cost effective.

The necessary expertise or know-how are the understanding of large area semiconductor devices (dimensions similar to solar cells), contacts (oxide and metal layers), in the best case including simulations, and the manufacturing.

  • The company is seeking commercial and research partners to collaborate on:
  • designing and simulating semiconductor devices with dimensions similar to solar cells
  • designing and simulating the selective contacts with similar properties to hot carrier solar cells
  • manufacturing semiconductor devices with dimensions similar to solar cells but different materials

The partnerships may include

  • Commercial agreement with technical assistance
  • Research and development cooperation agreement

At the moment the company is not looking for investment agreements.

Vantaggi / Aspetti innovativi

The semiconductor devices have a similar mode of operation to solar cells, but instead of light, heat is converted into electricity and can be easily transported thus working as a heat pump. The main problems to be solved are the design and manufacturing of the selective contacts, the detailed choice of the materials and the material stack, and the large scale manufacturing of large area devices similar to solar cells, but with different materials.

Proprietà industriale
Stadio di sviluppo
Ricerca e sviluppo
Tipo di partnership
Accordo commerciale, licenza, collaborazione tecnica - Accordo di ricerca e sviluppo
Tipo e dimensione del partner cercato
Università - Ente di ricerca - Grande azienda - Microimpresa - PMI < 50 - PMI > 50 - Altro
Specifiche tecniche/ competenze cercate

The company expects offers to collaborate on the design of semiconductor layer stacks, if possible including the selective contacts. Separate offers for the layer stack and the contacts are also welcomed but not preferential. Further the company expects offers to collaborate with partners to manufacture the layer stacks and contacts, starting at prototypes of lab scale with a viable path to pilot manufacturing. Offers without collaboration in the research and development area can not be accepted for the first evaluation step.

Ruolo/ Contributo del partner cercato

The partner should be able to do research in the field of semiconductor and semiconductor manufacturing also with non-silicon materials, regardless of academy, research organisation, or industry. The partner should understand the role of contacts, especially selective contacts in the field of power generating semiconductor devices like solar cells and should be interested in bringing this know-how into the field of heat, heat pumps, and co-generation of electricity. The ideal partner should be active in the research and manufacturing of materials stacks, preferable large area material stacks similar to solar cells, but with different materials, especially small band gap materials. A well established know-how to form very thin layers for tunnelling purposes would be of advantage. A working know-how of scaling possibilities of the manufacturing processes and cost awareness would also be of advantage.

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