Innovative Processes & Methodologies for Next Generation Sustainable Functional Electronic Components and Systems

Project: EU project

Project Details


Europe currently has a leading position in key digital technologies. However, functional electronics is one of several emerging digital transformation areas with no established players, but with the potential to significantly disrupt strategic sectors. Harnessing the full potential of functional electronics will enable Europe to exploit cutting-edge climate-neutral digital solutions to strengthen its leadership, and to seize on emerging opportunities by addressing existing technological gaps in multiple sectors. Functional Electronics has found application in a wide range of sectors and domains including in hybrid Integrated circuits (ICs) or flexible systems. Its global market was worth €15.4billion in 2017 and is expected to reach €37.7billion by 2023, a CAGR of 11%. Despite this growth, functional electronics can generate additional value via the adoption and implementation of new and efficient eco-design approaches at product, process, and business model levels. SusFE will advance the development of functional electronics for green and circular economy by developing a sustainable design and production platform for roll-to-roll manufacturing of the next generation of wearable and diagnostic devices that combine a SusFE toolbox of sustainable components comprising novel flexible integrated circuit (FlexIC) on polymer substrate with ultra-low power printed sensors/biosensors, and wireless communication driven by an organic and recyclable bioenzymatic fuel cell. This will lead to highly integrated and autonomously operating systems that are lightweight, environmentally sustainable, and low-cost. SusFE uses of a combination of sustainable materials and processes to deliver climate-neutral digital solutions including wound monitoring, self-blood sampling/testing and point-of-care devices.
Effective start/end date1/10/2230/09/25

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • BeFC
  • Molecular Plasma Group SA
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
  • Teesside University
  • Sofradim Production SASU
  • Medtronic Ibérica S.A. (lead)
  • Capitainer AB
  • PragmatIC

Funding category

  • Horizon Europe


  • biosensors
  • operating systems
  • business models
  • sustainable economy
  • fuel cells