AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France & ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sunpartner Technologies and 3M Company announce an agreement to
collaborate in product development and technical solutions, capitalizing
on innovative engineered electronics materials from 3M and transparent
solar cell technologies from Sunpartner Technologies. The two companies
are developing a sustainable wireless transparent micro component that
will charge devices while they are being used and exposed to light. This
game-changing development will give consumers the ability to charge
their mobile phones and tablets with just natural or artificial light --
no electrical outlets needed to power.
Combining 3M Optically Clear Adhesives with SunPartner’s Wysips® Crystal
drives this innovative advance in consumer electronics energy
management. Wysips®—What You See Is Photovoltaic Surface—transforms any
surface into a solar panel that can generate its own energy from natural
or artificial light. These photovoltaic cells activate from the moment
they are exposed to light and charge the battery or power the equipment
they are connected to, revolutionizing businesses and the daily lives of
consumers with electronics always at the ready.
Wysips® ultra-thin transparent photovoltaic layer is embedded into
electronic displays and supplies enough energy to keep the device
charged, so it will not run out of power. The more sophisticated phones
and their integrated features -- apps, gaming, movies, books, email, web
-- suck the life out of batteries – a common complaint among consumers.
Extended battery life is, therefore, taking on ever-greater importance
in consumer purchase decisions. The continuous solar charge makes phones
always accessible– indoors or outdoors.
The combination of SunPartner’s Wysips® Crystal technology with 3M
Optically Clear Adhesives will be a sustainable answer to the consumer
electronics industry’s energy management needs.
Based on core 3M adhesive technology, 3M Optically
Clear Adhesives are precision-manufactured to eliminate common
adhesive visual defects such as bubbling, which can distort the display
and diminish consumer satisfaction with their device. 3M OCA’s precisely
meet specific display bonding requirements with the unique ability to
customize the functionality, reactivity and performance of the adhesive.
3M’s collaborative culture and bench-to-bench approach, combined with
electronics materials expertise, breadth of product portfolio and
alignment with key consumer electronics industry leaders strategically
complement SunPartner’s emerging technologies presenting a sustainable
and innovative answer to demanding industry needs.
“We see strong synergies to serve our customers in consumer electronics
markets with the help of 3M as a trusted partner and expert in materials
excellence,” said Ludovic Deblois, president and co-founder of
Sunpartner Technologies. “Their reach with world-class mobile and
display manufacturers, combined with our efforts, will enable us to move
faster and to develop revolutionary solutions and foresee world-class
support for a wide range of applications for our customers to help speed
their products to market.”
Suited to indoor or outdoor applications, the technology can be
integrated into all kinds of displays and nomad devices: mobile phone,
ereaders, electronics shelves labels, watches, wireless sensors. The
added source of energy production changes neither the design nor
aesthetics of the device. The transparent photovoltaic component is
connected to an electronic chip, which converts and manages the energy
produced to charge a battery.
“It is exciting to see both an innovative and sustainable solution for
this industry. We are thrilled to leverage our technical materials
expertise, along with SunPartner‘s unique solutions, to enable key
customers worldwide to bring new and exciting possibilities to the next
generation of electronic devices” said Herve Gindre, vice president and
general manager, 3M Electronics Markets Materials. “This team effort
aligns well with 3M’s commitment to collaborative innovation,
sustainability and improving business and people’s lives.”
Crystal® with 3M Optically Clear Adhesives is designed to be used
with existing materials and screen technologies with an eye on product
development for materials and designs of the future. 3M’s ongoing
commitment to supply and meet customers’ demands for better and
sustainable solutions that add value will continue to be at the
forefront of next-generation adhesives.
The agreement between Sunpartner Technologies and 3M will benefit
licensees, industry and consumers with a sustainable solution that
changes the energy management of electronic devices and will provide new
freedom for consumers. Under the agreement, Sunpartner Technologies is
now designing prototypes for three global leaders in mobile telephony.
The company plans to finalize two new agreements in the coming months
and sign the first licenses during the first half of 2014.
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M
is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion
in sales, 3M employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more
than 70 countries.
For more information, visit www.3M.com
or follow @3MNews
About Sunpartner Technologies
Founded in 2008, Sunpartner Technologies is an engineering company
specializing in Solar NETs (New Energy Technologies). They develop
innovative solutions in the field of light energy and smart surfaces.
Based in Aix-en-Provence (France), the company has a team of 40
employees. Sunpartner Technologies has recently won awards in innovation
and from the business community:
Ernst & Young Enterprise of the Future
Nobel Sustainability® Clean Tech Company
Technology Pioneer, World Economic Forum
For more information, visit www.sunpartnergroup.com