ALICE "Actuators based on Light sensitive CompositE," aims to develop innovative materials by printing processes to develop a new generation of actuators that can be activated by solar radiation. The idea is to employ them as actuators in photovoltaic applications, by concentrating solar power and solar thermodynamics. Supported by two patents in submission, Alice offers a new class of systems to revolutionize markets and change current paradigms in the field of smart devices, robotics, sensors and actuators.
Investing in Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) ranging from 3 to 5 requires a careful assessment of the potential of the technology and the team. Due to the low maturity of these projects, these projects require a de-risking process to be carried out directly at the University and Research Center. Eureka! TT S.r.l. is the Italian limited responsibility company fully owned by “Eureka! Fund I – Technology Transfer that acts on behalf of the Fund, in providing financial resources to the pre-company, Proof-of-Concept (“POC”) projects, as well as in monitoring the advancement and the results of such investments.
The resources provided by Eureka! are given to the University and Research Center, in order to develop the technology, increase TRL and support the team of the “to-be entrepreneurs” in proving their ideas are sustainable. Successful projects will be then span-out into new start-ups. Eureka! TT can effectively bridge the gap between the need for a market-driven test and a University-like environment.