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LighTimes: Four SBIR Grants Awarded for OLED Technology (FY13 Release 2 Phase I)

15 May 2013

May 7, 2013…The US. Department of Energy Office of Science has announced four Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants targeting advances in OLED lighting technology. The FY13 Release 2 Phase I awards will explore the technical merit or feasibility of an innovative concept or technology. The amounts of the funding awards were not revealed.

Litecontrol Corporation will receive funding to develop a family of architectural lighting fixtures that utilize the unique capabilities of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology to provide energy-efficient lighting for nighttime hours in corridors and public spaces in buildings where spectral color content is important.

Plextronics, Inc. will receive funding to develop and demonstrate methods to fabricate large area OLED panels on low cost anode structures using inkjet printed grids and a novel high conductivity reactive silver ink that is integrated into the grids using a proprietary hole-injection layer (HIL). The Plextronics proposed project claims that the ability to produce large area OLED panels will reduce both material costs as well as an increase in manufacturing through-put by minimizing number of individual photolithography steps and the use of inkjet printing to fabricate the anode structure.

InnoSys, Inc. plans to use the funding to design, implement, and manufacture unique and innovative power supplies that enable and support rapid introduction of both OLED replacement and innovative general lighting and luminaires for residential, commercial, and industrial applications and markets.

Universal Display Corporation and IDD Aerospace team will use the funds to design and develop an energy saving shelf utility light for aircraft interiors that outperforms all other current lighting technologies. Intended for special interior designs such as business aircraft, this product is targeted for commercial sale in 2015.