SAN JOSE, Calif.--Germany's Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH, a supplier of solid-state LED devices, has received a $4.65 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to demonstrate the potential of white organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) for commercial and residential applications.
The project, to be completed within three years, supports the US Government's National Energy Plan to introduce new technologies that will reduce costs, lower emissions and save energy, said Joseph Carr, president and CEO of Osram.
"This program will bring OLED-based, solid-state lighting applications closer to reality," Carr said in a statement. "We will use proven methods to increase polymer light production efficiency, while simultaneously exploring a number of other methods to produce full spectrum white light."
As a final deliverable, Osram will also construct a 12-inch (square) OLED device to demonstrate the feasibility of using OLEDs for such an application. Such a white light prototype will be based on the use of multiple discrete 3-inch square white light devices, fabricated on glass substrates.