FAST SMART project is glad to announce the launch of a new international initiative related to the launch of the ERHASE cluster formed by three projects funded by the European Commission under the same action in 2019 call on energy harvesters: the FAST-SMART Project, the SYMPHONY Project and the InComEss Project. ERHASE stands for EneRgy HArvesting for a Sustainable future and the aim of the cluster is to address the technical scope areas within the context of energy harvesting and storage technologies. Through the cluster, participating projects may expand their impact beyond the project level, while contributing to the dissemination of state-of-the-art research and developments. Together, the three projects will boost awareness regarding the research outcomes and promote energy harvesting with relevant stakeholders, such as academia and industry, in particular:

  • Define a knowledge sharing framework around common goals
  • Increase the outreach of each project’s activities and enhance the visibility of EU efforts towards energy harvesting and storage technologies
  • Enhance and rationalize communication and dissemination and stakeholders engagement activities
  • Strengthen the relationship between EU-funded projects guidelines

All the three projects gather together a consortium of excellence active in different strategic areas, as described below:


The SYMPHONY project delivers an energy supply platform for the powering of wireless sensors/sensor nodes for monitoring remote or difficult-to-access locations. The energy supply in this system is completely made of printed, recyclable, and non-toxic materials including the ferroelectric polymer P(VDF-TrFE), printable Si-based rectifiers, redox polymer batteries and cellulose-based supercapacitors. The SYMPHONY project develops cost effective and scalable methods to print these materials on flexible films and to combine them with energy efficient electronics and sensor technologies.

The SYMPHONY solution will significantly reduce CO2 emissions by increasing the lifetime of wind turbines, making room heating/cooling more efficient, through presence and motion tracking smart floors and decreasing the energy consumption in e-bikes, through remote tube pressure control. The printed technology can be integrated cost effectively in stretchable and flexible devices, representing a huge potential for usage in a wide range of further IoT-supported applications.


The InComEss project proposes a new green and cost-effective strategy for high – efficient energy harvesting by combining new smart advanced polymer-based composite materials and structures into a single/multi-source concept to harvest electrical energy from mechanical energy and/or waste heat ambient sources, which consists of three novel Energy Harvesting Systems (EHSs) configurations: Piezoelectric, Thermoelectric and hybrid Thermo/PiezoElectric EHSs. InComEss will implement innovative lead-free Materials, Systems and Structures to develop Energy Harvesting Systems able to power FOS, GPS and MEMS sensors in SHM and vehicle monitoring in automotive, aerospace and building, presenting the highest market potential.

The project seeks at developing efficient smart materials with energy harvesting and storage capabilities combining advanced polymer based-composite materials into a novel single/multi-source concept to harvest electrical energy from mechanical energy and/or waste heat ambient sources. The project will demonstrate its applicability in key sectors and applications, SHM and vehicle monitoring in automotive, aerospace and building, presenting the highest market potential.


EU funding acknowledgment:

The project FAST SMART, SYMPHONY and InComEss receive funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission.