SAN JOSE, Calif. GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of General Electric Co., claims to have demonstrated the world's first roll-to-roll manufactured organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting devices.
This demonstration is a key step toward making OLEDs at lower costs than what is possible today, according to GE.
The demonstration represents the completion of a four-year, $13 million research collaboration among GE Global Research, Energy Conversion Devices Inc. and the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The goal of the collaboration was to demonstrate a system for the mass production of organic electronics products such as flexible electronic paper displays, portable TV screens the size of posters, solar powered cells and high-efficiency lighting devices.
GE researchers provided the organic electronics technology and were responsible for developing the roll-to-roll processes. ECD provided its roll-to-roll equipment-building expertise to build the machine that manufactures the OLED devices.
The machine is being utilized for further manufacturing research at GE's Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York.