Conductive lines over 400 times thinner than a human hair. A new breakthrough in the R&D project of the XTPL team.
XTPL is working on a technology of ultra-fine printing of nanomaterials and it has just reached a new breakthrough by reducing the printed line width to 124 nanometres. The entire process of producing the lines is completely repeatable, which means that XTPL can start commercializing its original technology.
Flexible solar cells that can more effectively transform sunlight into electric energy or liquid-crystal displays with unmatched image sharpness and depth are only two examples of tomorrow’s technologies which will use transparent conductive films. Such films let the light pass through and function as extremely efficient electric conductors. XTPL is developing a cutting-edge technology of ultra-fine printing of nanomaterials that will allow to produce such films.
Previously, we printed lines that were 100 times thinner than a human hair. Now they are 400 times thinner. It is a great milestone for us and it shows how revolutionary our method is. Thinner lines open up completely new possibilities of using XTPL’s technology. Based on evidence, we can safely say that our research and development team has been making great progress in the process of printing control and development. The nanometre scale in which we operate is both extremely attractive due to its potential and very difficult. We have managed to gain control over the printing of nanomaterials and make it repeatable, explains Dr Filip Granek, CEO at XTPL.
Owing to the repeatability and control, researchers can now test their technology in collaboration with potential customers.
We present XTPL’s technology at many international meetings and conferences. We have seen great interest in our solution from the very beginning and we have received letters of intent from the key players in the photovoltaic sector, e.g. from Trina Solar. However, all these companies have awaited the moment when we are ready to test our technology with them in the production of specific solutions. That moment is now, adds Filip Granek.
The XTPL technology is appealing specifically to manufacturers of photovoltaic panels and liquid-crystal displays. The sunlight entering a solar cell in today’s devices reflects from conductive lines. XTPL lines are so thin that sun rays do not reflect but only refract, which increases the absorption of solar energy. In the case of mobile devices, the emitted light has no obstacles in the form of wires. The thin conductive lines made by XTPL result in the light having a smaller obstacle to get through and that is why the same level of display brightness can be achieved, while less energy is consumed. This also extends the battery life.
XTPL is developing its invention in the cutting-edge laboratories of the EIT+ Research Centre based in Wrocław. Our business is run by an interdisciplinary team of scientists and technologists with cumulated experience of 80 years in the fields of chemistry, physics, electronics and materials engineering. The technology of ultra-fine printing of nanomaterials is protected by the patent application.
XTPL SA is planning to enter the NewConnect market in the first half of this year. You can contact the company to gain more information and learn the expected time of the share issue.