The United States Department of Energy (DoE) granted $1.05 million for OLEDWorks, allocated through the DoE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The funds will be used to further improve efficiency and lower the costs of flexible OLED lighting panels, which will help reduce energy consumption while simultaneously providing healthier, unique lighting solutions that are cost competitive in the main stream lighting markets.
In November 2018 OLEDWorks announced that its first flexible OLED lighting panels are now commercially available. The OLEDWorks LumiCurve Wave are produced on Corning's 0.1mm thin Willow Glass flexible glass substrates. OLEDWorks says that the Wave panels are extremely thin and light and deliver the superb light quality and excellent color rendering that is uniquely achievable with OLED.
The Wave FL300C panel offers up to 300 lumens of brightness, and it offers an efficacy of up to 62 lm/W (at 100 lumens), a lifetime of up to 50,000 hours (again, at 100 lumens) and a CRI of 90 R9 50. The panel can be curved to a minimum radius of 10 cm. The Wave is available in a warm white (3000K) model and a neutral white (4000 K) model.
OLEDWorks recently announced that Acuity Brands will now work exclusively with OLEDWorks to expand its OLED luminaires product portfolio, targeting the architectural lighting market. OLEDWorks also announced a predevelopment collaboration with Audi to advance OLED lighting technology in automotive applications. Audi and OLEDWorks will work together to use OLED lighting and implement it in Audi's future vehicles.
Last month The US Department of Energy (DoE) has granted $1.1 million to Penn State University professors Chris Giebink and Michael Hickner for a new project that collaborates with OLEDWorks to increase the efficiency of OLED lighting panels