DOE Selects 4 OLED Projects for 2015 SSL R&D Lighting Awards

Earlier this month U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced 2015 Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Program awards. This is a part of DoE initiative to accelerate the adoption of SSL technology and focuses on developing an energy-efficient, full spectrum, white light source for general illumination. Through SSL technology, DoE hopes to reduce U.S. lighting energy usage and contribute to climate change solutions.


For 2015 SSL Program awards, 9 projects were selected and of these 4 were OLED projects. Acuity Brands, Arizona State University, Sinovia Technologies, and University of Michigan received a total of approximately US$3,800,000.


Acuity Brands received US$ 455,131 to develop an OLED luminaire that features DC current drivers integrated with each panel, and a base station that interfaces with user control input, provides power to the OLED panels, and translates the control input to desired functionalities of the panels.


Arizona State University received US$ 700,000 to focus on developing an efficient and stable phosphorescent material, quick-screening it, and incorporating it into a state-of-the-art OLED.


Sinovia Technologies received US$ 1,326,170 to combine a barrier film technology with a nanowire transparent conduction film to make a single substrate product that will improve light extraction and lower the cost of OLEDs.


US$ 1,314,240 was awarded to University of Michigan to focus on new strategies for increasing the lifetime of blue phosphorescent OLEDs (PHOLEDs).


Additionally, DoE selected 4 OLED lighting projects earlier this year through SBIR-STTR Grants (Small Business Innovation Research to OLEDWorks, MicroContinuum, and Pixelligent Technologies, and awarded approx. US$ 2,250,000 in total. This brings the total amount so far that DoE invested in OLED lighting projects in 2015 to approx. US$ 6,000,000, which is an increase of about US$ 1,600,000 from 2014.


2015 DoE Funded OLED Lighting Projects

2015 DoE Funded OLED Lighting Projects

DOE, 2015년 SSL R&D Lighting Awards에서 4가지의 OLED 프로젝트 선정

미국 에너지국(DoE)은 5월 4일 2015 Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Program awards의 수상자를 발표하였다. SSL Program awards는 SSL 기술의 육성을 장려하며, 에너지 효율이 좋고 태양광과 유사한 파장의 전체 조명용 백색 광원을 개발하기 위한 목적으로 만들어졌다. DoE는 SSL 기술이 미국의 조명 에너지 소비를 줄이고 이상 기후 등 환경문제에 도움을 줄 것으로 기대하고 있다.

이번 SSL Program awards에는 9개의 프로젝트가 채택되었고 이 중 4가지가 OLED Lighting 관련 프로젝트다. 프로젝트에 참여하는 Acuity Brands와, Arizona State 대학, Sinovia Technologies, Michigan 대학은 모두 약 US$3.8 Million를 지원받았다.

Acuity Brands는 OLED panel에 전력을 공급하며, 패널에 가하는 전류 신호를 원하는 기능들로 변환하는 기지국과 전류 드라이버를 특징으로 하는 OLED 조명을 개발하는 것으로 US$0.45 Million를 지원받았다.

Arizona State 대학은 효율적이고 안정적인 인광 물질 개발과 이를 적용한 OLED 패널, 패널 inspection까지의 통합적인 기술을 연구하는데 US$0.7 Million를 지원받았다.

Sinovia Technologies는 베리어 필름 기술과 나노와이어 투명 전극 필름 기술을 결합하여, 광추출을 향상시키고 원가를 낮추는 단일 기판 제품을 만드는 연구에 US$1.3 Million를 지원받았다.

Michigan대학은 블루 인광 OLED의 수명을 향상시키기 위한 연구에 US$1.3 Million를 지원받았다.

추가적으로 DoE는 이번 년도 초에 SBIR(Small Business Innovation Research)-STTR Grants를 통하여, 4개의 OLED 조명 프로젝트를 선정하였다. OLEDWorks와 MicroContinuum, Pixelligent Technologies의 연구이며 모두 약 US$2.25 Million를 지원받았다. DoE는 OLED 조명에 관련된 프로젝트로 2015년에 모두 약 US$ 6 Million를 투자하였으며, 이는 2014년보다 US$1.6 Million 증가된 금액이다.

2015 DoE Funded OLED Lighting Projects

By DaRae Kim,

DOE, Announcing New OLED lighting Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its selection of nine (9) solid-state lighting (SSL) R&D projects. Four out nine projects are related to OLED lighting and selected companies/universities to run the projects are OLED Works, Pixelligent Technologies, Princeton University, and University of California. The project funding will be over $13.7 million (DOE funding, $10.5 million) and funding for each project was not revealed. It is expected that these one-to two-year projects will accelerate cost reduction of SSL technology and improvement of quality and performance.

Details of the OLED lighting projects are as follows.

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