"Sustainable Sensor Solutions through Printed and Hybrid Manufacturing"
Sustainable development is becoming a widely adopted strategy by several sectors including flexible electronics. Compliance with sustainable development, ecodesign and circular economy are extremely important in several application areas of sensors realized through flexible electronics. For instance, single-use sensors are implemented in several application areas like medical diagnostics or intelligent packaging. As the global consumption of materials is increasing rapidly and the amount of electronic waste is increasing, sensors and electronics made of sustainable materials would be beneficial and hence contribute the sustainable development goals.
Combination of environmentally friendly and renewable materials, material-efficient, green processes and use case specific product needs are essential in realisation of sustainable solutions.
Additive manufacturing technologies printed and hybrid assembly based manufacturing processes offer low emissions and losses in order to reduce the use and waste of materials. Hence, these deposition technologies are considered more material-efficient than traditional electronics manufacturing methods. Additive manufacturing enables also a possibility to use wide selection of substrate materials including bio-based, compostable and recyclable materials, such as cellulose based materials and bio-based plastics.
Realisation of hybrid electronic solutions on paper and other sustainable materials will be presented. In addition, the non-metallic alternatives like graphene-based materials as conductive tracks and antennas as well as the printed power sources based on renewable materials will be discussed.