DOE discusses LED and OLED R&D challenges

The US Department of Energy is supporting R&D efforts to realize solid state lighting (SSL) using both LEDs and OLEDs through their DOE SSL R&D program: the Multi-Year Program Plan. Now DOE recently published to separate videos with experts’ views on the matter. I always find it very beneficial to have the both technologies – LEDs and OLEDs – very close together – be it in DOE workshops or now in this digital format – because it allows to interact directly between the different technology camps. In the end, both system have in common that their are high efficiency, environmentally friendly concepts that should find highest market acceptance/share at the earliest possible time.


2013 DOE Solid-State Lighting – Manufacturing R&D Workshop

Are you interested in the current wave of clean tech for general lighting – solid state lighting – and especially in the way it is done? The Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting its fifth Manufacturing R&D Workshop in Boston, MA. Time: June 5-6, 2013. A great opportunity to meet the US experts in the field. I like these meetings, because they are tightly focussed and cutting-edge.

A personal note: I find these meetings very interesting also, because they bring the real technological problems – big or small – to the table, without the general ‘all great’ we get from the companies PR.

2013 DOE Solid-State Lighting R&D Workshop, Long Beach, CA

Next week, January 29-31 2013, the Department of Energy will host its annual Solid-State Lighting R&D Workshop – this time in Long Beach, CA. It will mainly focus on the remaining challenges for R&D, currently holding back solid-state lighting to become a success in the US and worldwide. It is a very interesting event, where it is possible to meet all the makers in the industry. Personally, it gives me the unique chance to look at the lighting technology from a totally different perspective.

On January 30, I will be discussing the current problems, OLED-related R&D is facing that slows down the progress towards substantial market entry. These problems need to be overcome to accelerate the performance improvement of OLED-based lighting solutions. This is especially important in light of the tremendous progress inorganic LEDs have seen in the last years. Soon, inorganic LEDs, and possibly them only, will penetrate the market so broadly and aggressively, leaving no space to breath for white organic light-emitting diodes, despite their inherent elegance. In my view, it is especially important to tighten the focus of the research part of OLED R&D, to establish a common device platform that is manageable for all partners and of interest for leading industrial partners, and to install a continuous feedback loop from industry back to research level partners.

I am looking forward to be there and hope for insightful discussions.