EIC-funded CrayoNano has signed an industrialisation & development agreement for innovative nanowire UV-C LED chips

CrayoNano, a Norwegian semiconductor company funded by the EIC, recently signed an agreement with SemiLEDs for cooperation in the development of a next generation UV-C LED technology applied to the disinfection market.

UV-C LEDs are a promising technology that can make chemical-free disinfection possible thanks to their efficiency, long-lasting and compact design. However, the solutions that are currently available in the market have high costs and a weak performance in terms of energy consumption. In this context, CrayoNano aims to offer a pioneering solution with an innovative UV-C LED technology.

CrayoNano’s patented and ground-breaking technology merges two nanomaterials to create a hyper material. This combination generates new material with strain-free high crystal quality, an essential requirement for an efficient and reliable UV-C LED.

Looking to fast-track their development, CrayoNano found in SemiLEDs, a well-known manufacturer of UV LEDs, an important partner to provide experience, capabilities, and resources. According to Jo Uthus, CEO of CrayoNano: “We can cooperate with SemiLEDs to utilise their industrial level cleanroom and patented technology capabilities to fast track our development process, industrialize our UV-C LED technology at scale, and bring products to market more efficiently.”.

Jo Uthus also talked to us about the company’s market entry objectives in light of this new partnership: “Our primary objective remains getting our products into customers’ hands. Thanks to both our relationship with SemiLEDs and other partners, we are actively working to ensure our intellectual property remains protected and mitigate supply chain risks. We are looking forward to a controlled market entry targeting water purification, at a quality and scale that will significantly improve quality of life.”.

CrayoNano received a Phase 2 grant and blended finance from the European Innovation Council to work on a solution based on a pioneering UV-C LED sterilisation technology that would be able to emit three times more light and have a three times longer lifetime at a quarter of the costs of standard UV-C LEDs.

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