Panasonic Electric Works (PEW) released some very interesting news today regarding their OLED Lighting project. First of all, they announced that Panasonic Idemitsu OLED Lighting (PIOL), their joint-venture with Idemitsu Kosan will start shipping OLED lighting panels tomorrow (September 1st) - to local and international markets. Those rather small (80x80mm), thin (2mm) and light (38g) OLED panels will feature no less than Ra90 color rendering (they say it's the world's highest) and 3,000 cd/m2 - the world's brightest panels. The efficiency is 30 lm/W and lifetime (D70) is 10,000. The temperature is 3,000K (like a regular light bulb).
PEW itself will start offering OLED lighting modules in December 2011 - which will include the OLED panel, a frame and a built-in control circuit. PEW says that these modules will be "easy-to-embed" and will have a narrow frame design (11mm maximum width). You will also be able to replace the OLED panel in the modules in a simple way.
PEW also released a development roadmap for their OLED Lighting panels. As we said before, current panels will be 80x80mm and offer 30 lm/W, 10,000 hours of lifetime and 3,000 cd/m2 luminance. By 2016, the company expects the panels to improve to 100 lm/W, 20,000 hours, 5,000 cd/m2 and to grow to 300x300mm. By 2019 the panels will offer 130 lm/W, 40,000 hours and be 600x600mm in size. PEW also predicts that by 2019 the company will be able to offer flexible, color-tunable and transparent panels.
Yesterday it was announced that PIOL licensed Universal Display's OLED technology and will also use thier PHOLED materials.