Organisations including Philips and Osram have formed an OLED research consortium with €12.5m support from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme.
Called OLED100.edu it aims to develop OLEDs for general lighting, with targets of 100 lm/W efficacy, 100,000h lifetime, 100x100cm size and E100E/m2 cost as well as standardising measurement and developing applications.
The programme follows on from Europe’s OLLA (Organic LEDs for Lighting Applications) programme which started in 2004 and concluded earlier this year.
OLLA produced white OLEDs with efficacies of 50.7 lm/W at an initial brightness of 1000cd/m2, and OLEDs with over 10,000h life.
“OLED100.eu will deliver OLEDs with twice the efficiency, 10 times the operational lifetime and 10 times the substrate size,” said project manager Dr Stefan Grabowski, also of Philips Research. “The participation of leading lighting manufacturers like Philips and Osram ensures a rapid transfer of any result into real products.”
Partners in the consortium include: Bartenbach LichtLabor, the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), Evonik Degussa, Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS), Microsharp, Novaled, Oce Technologies, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Philips Technologie, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Saint-Gobain Recherche, Siemens, Technische Universität Dresden, Institut fur Angewandte Photophysik, and Universiteit Gent.