EFRE Research Project KonFutius


Today high-tech illuminated panels made in NRW are facing strong  competition from the global market, with ever lower production costs. Therefore, the German market demands technologies with which light panels can be manufactured in a particularly resource-efficient and cost-effective manner. With this motivation, the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production is developing a new light panel made of a ultra-light composite carrier and integrated electronic components in the joint project KonFutius together with partners.


Project target and content

The overall target is the development of an integrated process chain for the cost-effective and energy-efficient production of electrically and optically functionalized composite material. The lighting panels will thus be produced for the first time in a continuous process and outperform conventional LED panels in terms of weight and rigidity, while at the same time being less thick and offering greater design freedom. Due to the continuous process and the resulting substitution of complex assembly and logistics processes, cost reductions of over 60 % compared to current LED panels can be achieved.

Exemplary applications are lighting in indoor and outdoor areas such as offices or billboards. The transformation of the panels into curved structures, also envisaged in the project, can also address design-oriented applications in architecture for example at exterior facades and in the transport sector for example ceiling lights in trains and buses.

The AZL is primarily responsible for the continuous production of the base layer made of fiber reinforced plastics on a double belt press developed at the institute, the integration into the overall process and the final investigations on the shaping of the panels to curved geometries.



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  • Aachen Centre for Integrative Lightweight Production of the RWTH Aachen
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT
  • Leister Technologies Germany GmbH
  • Polyscale GmbH & Co. KG

For further information please see the project poster or contact us personally.

The research project KonFutius is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE) (funding code: EFRE-0801653).