Public-funded OLED project So-Light concluded

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Eleven leading German OLED companies and research institutions have announced the successful completion of the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) related project, So-Light.

The €14.7 million project was supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research over a three and a half year period and addressed the complete value chain, from primary OLED materials through to OLED-lighting applications. Several of the promising innovations created within the project will now be brought to market by the participants of the project.

The project partners Novaled, Sensient, University Muenster, Fraunhofer COMEDD, Aixtron, Ledon OLED Lighting, Fresnel Optics, Hella, Siteco, BMG MIS (former AEG MIS) and the University of Paderborn/L-LAB cooperated in a variety of OLED technology areas.

These activities created several innovative results related to materials, processes, optical elements and process integration. For some specific applications prototypes have been developed for OLED signage and speciality applications for markets such as automotive, architectural lighting and transport.

The aim of So-Light was to combine as many of the materials and component-related results into design studies and prototypes in order to strengthen Germany’s leading role in the growing OLED-market.

'The results of So-Light indeed exceeded my expectations,' said Blochwitz-Nimoth, So-Light consortium manager and CSO of Novaled AG. 'We achieved many outstanding successes based on the fruitful cooperation of so many players along the whole value chain and the passion of every single partner.

'Our design studies and prototypes already show the far-reaching possibilities of OLED technology for commercialisation in lighting applications and support the beauty, elegance and uniqueness of the OLED light source.'