MANHASSET, NY -- Imec has announced that the Leuven, Belgium-based research consortium is leading another new project under the EU’s 7th framework program for ICT (FP7), this time to develop large-area OLED-based lighting modules with built-in intelligent light management.
The goal of Imola (Intelligent light Management for OLED on foil Applications) is to yield systems for energy-efficient wall, ceiling and car dome lighting, where the light intensity automatically adjusts according to the time of the day or weather conditions.
Organic light emitting diodes can consume up to 70 percent less energy compared to conventional light sources. For commercial production challenges remain. Imola research will tackle these accordingly: driving electronics, power distribution, integration and miniaturization, as well as the appropriate sensors and ‘smart’ application software.
The Imola consortium includes the following partners: TNO/Holst Centre (Netherlands), Philips Technologie (Germany), NXP Semiconductors (Netherlands, Belgium), Hanita Coatings RCA (Israel), Henkel Electronic Materials (Belgium), Centro Ricerche Plast-optica (Italy), and the FER department of the University of Zagreb (Croatia).
Imola will scale a common OLED infrastructure across the European continent, especially for high value-added applications, such as automotive lighting.
Imec has not released details on research milestones for Imola's work.