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Breakthrough in micro-bolometer imaging

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Infrastructure Node
Total project cost
€19 226 516
EU Contribution
€5 896 455
Project Acronym
BRIGHTER
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Multimodal icon
Transport policies
Digitalisation
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport,
Micromobility

Overview

Call for proposal
HORIZON-KDT-JU-2021-2-RIA
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Microbolometers are sensors that constitute a compact, lightweight, reliable, affordable and low-power solution for obtaining infrared images. However, they are inferior to cooled infrared sensors in performance and are currently not available for applications in absolute thermography and optical gas imaging. The EU-funded BRIGHTER project will improve the performance of microbolometers through innovative pixel technology, readout ICs, low-power edge image signal processing electronics and image processing algorithms. The introduction of new sensors will contribute to saving materials and energy in the manufacturing sector, autonomous vehicle sensor development, and better control of gas emissions in cities and industrial areas.

Objectives

Micro-bolometer sensors are compact, light, low power, reliable and affordable infrared imaging components. They are ahead of the cooled infrared sensors for these criteria but lag behind them in terms of performance:
- Existing micro-bolometer technologies have thermal time constants around 10 msec. This is more than 10 times that of cooled detectors.
- Moreover, there is no multispectral micro-bolometer sensor available today for applications such as absolute thermography and optical gas imaging.

BRIGHTER will develop 2 new classes of micro-bolometer solutions to reduce the performance gap with their cooled counterparts:
- Fast thermal micro-bolometer imaging solutions with time constant in the 2.5 to 5 msec range, that is to say 2 to 4 times faster than that of today’s micro-bolometer technologies. Read out integrated circuits able to operate up to 500 frames per seconds will also be investigated.
- Multi-spectral micro-bolometer solutions with at least access at the pixel level to 2 different wavelengths in the range 7 to 12 µm.

Methodology

The developments will focus on pixel technology, Read Out Integrated Circuit, low power edge image signal processing electronic, optics, and image treatment algorithms. All stakeholders of the value chain are involved: academics, RTO, micro-bolometer manufacturer, algorithm developers, camera integrators and end users. They will collaborate to define the best trade-offs for all use-cases.

The 2 new classes of products that will spring from BRIGHTER will generate concrete benefits. They will make it possible to save on material and energy in the manufacturing sector, perform efficient and affordable monitoring of infrastructures and trains,  contribute to autonomous vehicles sensor suite, decrease the road casualties among Vulnerable Road Users, better control gas emission in cities and industrial areas. These new usages served by the European industry will allow Europe to increase its market share in the infrared imaging industry.

Funding

Specific funding programme
HORIZON.2.4 - Digital, Industry and Space
HORIZON.2.4.2 - Key Digital Technologies
Other Programme
HORIZON-KDT-JU-2021-2-RIA HORIZON-KDT-JU-2021-2-RIA

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
LYNRED
Address
AVENUE DE LA VAUVE, 91120 PALAISEAU, France
EU Contribution
€1 689 562
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution
€170 672
Organisation
Xenics Nv
Address
Ambachtenlaan 44, BN/A3001 Leuven, Belgium
EU Contribution
€287 952
Organisation
Sensia Solutions Sl
Address
AVENIDA DE GREGORIO PECES BARBA 1, 28918 LEGANES, Spain
EU Contribution
€821 765
Organisation
Macq Sa
Address
RUE DE L AERONEF 2, 1140 BRUXELLES, Belgium
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€296 975
Organisation
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Address
RUE LEBLANC 25, 75015 PARIS 15, France
EU Contribution
€1 363 037
Organisation
CHAUVIN ARNOUX
Address
12-16 RUE SARAH BERNHARDT, 92600 ASNIERES, France
EU Contribution
€107 000
Organisation
BIGTRI BILISIM ANONIM SIRKETI
Address
EGITIM MAH.FAHRETTIN KERIM GOKAY CAD MARMARA UNI 151 A KADIKOY, 34722 Istanbul, Turkey
EU Contribution
€199 281
Organisation
ARCELIK A.S.
Address
KARAAGAC, SUTLUCE BEYOGLU CAD. NO:2-6, 34445 ISTANBUL, Turkey
EU Contribution
€77 813
Organisation
UNIVERSITE GUSTAVE EIFFEL
Address
5 BOULEVARD DESCARTES CAMPUS DE MARNE-LA-VALLE, 77454 MARNE-LA-VALLEE, France
EU Contribution
€270 813
Organisation
Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique Cnrs
Address
RUE MICHEL ANGE 3, 75794 PARIS, France
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€137 603
Organisation
THIMONNIER SAS
Address
AVENUE DE LA PAIX 11, 69650 SAINT GERMAIN AU MONT D OR, France
EU Contribution
€128 756
Organisation
DOCAPESCA - PORTOS E LOTAS SA
Address
AV BRASILIA PEDROUCOS, 1400 038 LISBOA, Portugal
EU Contribution
€37 008
Organisation
MARMARA UNIVERSITY
Address
GOZTEPE KAMPUSU KUYUBASI, 81040 ISTANBUL, Turkey
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€174 125
Organisation
INOV INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES INOVACAO
Address
RUA DE ALVES REDOL 9, 1000 029 LISBOA, Portugal
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€134 094

Technologies

Technology Theme
Sensor technologies
Technology
Advanced combination of sensors for automated vehicles
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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