Horizon 2020 – Ohmatex presents the visible outcomes of participation in EU Projects

ChristianSScrop

On 29 October 2013 around 1500 delegates from Danish companies, universities and research institutes gathered in Copenhagen for the launch of Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, which will run from 2014-2020.

In the afternoon session on industrial leadership Christian Dalsgaard, Director at Ohmatex, presented the benefits that Ohmatex have experienced from participating in collaborative EU funded projects. For a small company to participate as a partner in large consortium projects provides huge benefits in terms of increased network, capabilities and visibility and provides a much wider platform for future development of their technology and expertise in Europe.

However afternoon conference sessions are notorious for presenting to sleepy, well fed delegates – so Christian decided that visibility and impact were the way to go, in more ways than one!  And catch their attention he did – smoothly changing into the high visibility fishing clothing that Ohmatex have been involved in developing for the Safe@Sea project. The new protective clothing has been developed for the fishing industry, with Helly Hansen as the largest partner in the project. It has been designed as durable, buoyant protective clothing with in-built electronics integrated into the garment by Ohmatex. These include emergency lighting, an automatic alert system when submerged in water and a manual alert system. All the electronics are highly durable and designed to withstand submersion in salt water.

Ohmatex are currently participating in several EU F7 projects which require their smart textile expertise: Place-it, Mywear and Powerweave and look forward to participating in future Horizon 2020 projects.

For more information on Safe@Sea.

 

New face at Ohmatex

RST-Linkedin-pictureOhmatex are pleased to announce the appointment of Rachael Sterrett as Marketing Coordinator. Rachael will be responsible for new business development and customer relationship management.

Rachael has a background in business-to-business marketing and SME business development from the UK and has been living in Denmark since 2011, working with Danish companies to enhance their international marketing communication.

Rachael is new to the smart textile industry but brings with her experience from working in manufacturing, higher education and previous work on EU and regional development projects.

Follow Ohmatex on Facebook & Linked-in

Ohmatex now has pages on both Facebook and Linked-in

Keep an eye on these sites for posts about what’s going on in the smart textile world, and in particular what we are working on at Ohmatex right now.

We’d love to hear from you
Ohmatex is currently planning on updating the whitepaper on commercial opportunities in smart textiles (that we first published in 2008, and revised in 2011).

The whitepaper was extremely well received in previous editions, quoted in a number of research articles and had a commercial focus that made it interesting for companies as well as researchers.

We are doing a lot of background research to make sure we get a clear picture of market and research trends and would therefore invite everyone involved in this field to tell us a bit about what they are doing – either via facebook, or if you’d like to be more anonymous in our data via email: atj@ohmatex.dk

Click here to download the whitepaper in PDF format.

Intelligent stocking pre-empts advance of critical disease

New electronic stocking monitors fluid retention in the legs and sends data to the hospital, so doctors can respond quickly. Heart failure patients, and pregnant women at risk from pre-eclampsia, can benefit from the invention.

It is estimated that approx. 10 million Europeans suffer from chronic heart failure CHF. A significant part of these are admitted to hospital regularly, and the mortality rate for these patients 1 year after diagnosis is about 20%.

Heart failure is treated with a broad spectrum of drugs, including diuretics that stabilize the body’s fluid balance and reduce the heart’s workload. Patients with heart failure can have a relatively good quality of life in stable periods, but during periods of deterioration – which often happen rapidly – patients often become critically ill and undergo uncomfortable, complex and very expensive hospital treatment.

The intelligent stocking registers danger signs, when the patient is still at home, and thereby pre-empts acute and life-threatening conditions for these patients.

For pregnant women too
The incidence of pre-eclampsia has been estimated between 5% – 14% of all pregnancies globally. Most cases are mild, but the condition can be critical and in principle also life-threatening, if the proper treatment is not deployed and monitored in time.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition where pregnant women develop fluid retention (universal oedema), high blood pressure and renal failure.

Together with daily measurement of blood pressure and use of urine-sticks, the intelligent stocking is an instrument for home monitoring of pregnant women under observation for pre-eclampsia. The expectant mother is saved from doctors visits, and the stocking provides greater everyday security.

The idea comes from Skejby doctors
The idea for the intelligent stocking originally came from a professor in experimental heart surgery, J. Michael Hasenkam, who wanted to find a simple, effective and reliable way to monitor patients undergoing medical treatment for heart failure.

Aarhus based Ohmatex, who already work with intelligent textiles, developed the stocking and this has resulted in an independent company Edema ApS that is jointly owned by Ohmatex and Hasenkam. The first version of the stocking has been both designed and developed. The stocking detects the small changes in leg volume using an integrated textile strain gauge sensor.

Data are transferred from the stocking via a Bluetooth connection to a mobile phone in real-time, and subsequently sent as encrypted emails to the hospital, where doctors can view a graph of fluid retention.

Ready for clinical trials
The product will now be systematically clinically evaluated and Ohmatex and Hasenkam are therefore seeking collaborative partners, who are interested in using the product for research and new treatments. The product is very suitable for inclusion in larger telecare initiatives.

The intelligent stocking costs approx. 2.000 DKK each not including software and mobile apps. You can read more about the intelligent stocking on www.edema.dk

Contact:
Direktør Christian Dalsgaard
phone. +45 86205168
mobile +45 40966951
email: (Email: chd@ohmatex.dk)

6 Million Euro Fibrous Matrix

Danish SME Ohmatex is taking part in an exciting new fibre based solar cell and power storage project funded by the EU’s 7th Framework programme.

The Powerweave project started in August 2012.This unique team features the original inventor of dye sensitized solar cells Prof. Michael Grätzel, a team of well respected printed battery researchers from Brunel University and a remarkable consortium of industrial partners.

Fascination of fibres for new applications
Powerweave is a 6 million Euro EU funded project providing a wide range of new application and design opportunities for the world of intelligent textiles. Moving on from the current state of the art glass cell or film based PV materials and batteries, Powerweave aims to develop fibres to harvest and store electrical energy.

Weaving the fibres into fabrics fulfils a need for a deformable, storable and transportable power supply; applications include agricultural shading for greenhouses, car park coverage, sun blinds, aero space fabrics, and outdoor goods etc.

Several years of research ahead
The Powerweave project will trigger a new era of development for renewable energy, benefiting from reduced weight, unobtrusive appearance, flexibility and conformability. This new development however is expected to require several years of research before full commercial exploitation. Powerweave converts normally shielded areas back into sustainable energy resorts.

Strong European consortium
Powerweave will run for the next three and a half years with 13 partners from 7 European countries participating. The UK based research and technology organisation TWI is coordinating the project. Ohmatex’s role is to design and develop the interconnects for PV and battery fibre to power external devices.

The consortium is composed of: TWI Limited, EPFL, Centexbel, Brunel University London, CeNTI, Ohmatex, Bonar Technical Fabrics, VDSWeaving, Lindstrand Technologies, Sefar, Cetemmsa, Cyanine Technologies, PPC – Peerless Plastic Coatings.

Contact person:
Director Christian Dalsgaard
tel. +45 86205168
mobile +45 40966951
email: chd@ohmatex.dk

Intelligent lighting textiles on the way for clothes and curtains

Ohmatex develops intelligent textiles. Together with 11 other partners, Ohmatex has signed a contract with the European Commission to co-develop new systems and electronics that can be distributed across large surfaces on foils or fabrics in the PLACE-it research project. Dutch giant Philips is coordinating the project.

Large prestigious project
With a total budget of 16.2 million Euro PLACE-it is amongst the larger ICT projects awarded under the EU’s 7th Framework programme. Ohmatex is a small knowledge-based company with a staff of five and an address in Denmark’s second city, Aarhus the company has earned its place in the project as one of the pioneers within development of intelligent textiles. According to director Christian Dalsgaard, cooperation with a network of companies and research institutes across Europe is an important ingredient for Ohmatex success.

– Ohmatex specialist knowledge has earned the company a place in the professional smart textiles field. Exchange of ideas, access to the most advanced knowledge and of course financing opportunities are essential for commercial innovation. That the company has won a place on the team in such a large prestigious EU project as PLACE-it is a feather in the cap of our small company, and director Christian Dalsgaard says, the project will yield results which Ohmatex can subsequently exploit commercially.

The project received €10.9 million funding from the EU; whereof €270.000 goes directly to the Danish company, which will develop the connectors for the new material.

Flexible electronics – About the PLACE-it project
PLACE-it will integrate electronics in everyday objects. The goal is for the technology to bend and stretch – not be square, stiff and fragile. The aim is to combine lighting and technical performance with elasticity, comfort and washability across large surfaces.
• PLACE-it is short for ”Platform for Large Area Conformable Electronics by InTegration”
• The project which starts now will run for the next three and a half years. EU funding amounts to €10.9 million.
• There are 12 partners in the project. Dutch electronics giant Philips is coordinating the project which has participants from Holland, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Denmark.

The aim of PLACE-it explains Christian Dalsgaard:
– Light is important for both health and mood; it is used in treatment of skin diseases and in sensors that measure blood oxygenation. Research and development of light sources that are flexible, bendable and as soft as textiles are therefore highly relevant.
The technology can be used to save energy in entirely new lighting designs and even curtains that imitate natural daylight.
Ultimately it can be integrated into children’s clothing so that kids can be seen in winter traffic.

Contact person:
Director Christian Dalsgaard, tel. +45 86205168, mobile +45 40966951, email: chd@ohmatex.dk

Visit the Place-it website: http://www.place-it-project.eu/