Kodak Awarded $1.7 Million U.S. Department of Energy Contract to Develop OLED Lighting
Kodak OLED Architectures Exceed DOE Energy Star Specifications for Lighting
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK), a pioneer in Organic Light Emitting Diode technology (OLED), has been awarded a $1.7 million two-year contract by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to develop key technologies and processes for OLED lighting panels. During the Product Development phase of the Solid State Lighting project, Kodak will develop an OLED luminaire that meets Energy Star color and efficacy specifications and will address key areas of manufacturing processes to reduce cost. Kodak’s Vapor Injection Source Technology allows manufacturers to significantly reduce unit-manufacturing costs, with high manufacturing throughput and material utilization that initially exceeds 50%, and could be greater than 75% in future manufacturing applications.
Earlier this year, the DOE recognized Kodak’s advances in OLED technology for solid state lighting applications by presenting Kodak with an award for excellence in project execution. Kodak exceeded the project efficacy target of 50 lm/W, developing an Energy Star color and efficacy compliant OLED that delivers 56 lm/W, 10,000 hours life, color rendering index of 83.6, and a color temperature of 4,000K. Kodak is committed to providing OLEDs that meet DOE Energy Star color and efficacy specifications, which must be satisfied in order to sell into the U.S. lighting market with the Energy Star Certificate. For a lighting product to be successful, it must have an acceptable lifetime. For this reason, Kodak has focused on both all-fluorescent and hybrid emitter systems, which offer longer lifetimes than all-phosphorescent emitter systems.
“OLED solid state lighting has tremendous potential to transform the future of the lighting industry – enabling future lighting systems that are significantly lower-cost and more energy-efficient,” said Dr. James Buntaine, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Kodak OLED Systems. “In our work for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Kodak development team recently built several devices that exceed the performance and energy consumption targets laid out under the DOE Energy Star Program. As an OLED pioneer, Kodak is committed to continued innovation and collaboration in this very promising area.”
About Kodak OLED Technology
Kodak is enabling the OLED display and lighting industries in many ways, through advanced architecture development, improved materials, and innovative manufacturing processes. Kodak provides a wide range of advanced materials, including hosts, dopants, transport, and injection materials. For example, Kodak’s proprietary deep blue fluorescent dopant enables white formulations with excellent CRI for lighting and outstanding color gamut for displays.
Pioneered by Kodak in the late 1970s, OLED technology and its practical applications have generated more than 1,900 issued and pending Kodak patents worldwide. Kodak OLED materials are available for sale to licensees of Eastman Kodak Company’s OLED technology. For more information, please visit: www.kodak.com/go/displays.
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