Imec and its project
partners announced the launch of IMOLA (Intelligent light Management for OLED
on foil Applications), a project under the EU’s 7th framework program for ICT
(FP7). The project’s goal is to make large-area OLED-based lighting modules with
built-in intelligent light management. These systems will be used in future
energy-efficient wall, ceiling and car dome lighting, where the light intensity
can be adjusted intelligently.
OLEDs (organic light-emitting diode) are paper-thin, flexible, and
lightweight electronic devices. They consist of organic materials which emit
light in response to an electric current. OLEDs consume up to 70% less energy
compared to conventional light sources. This makes OLED technology a prime
candidate for the next generation of energy-saving lighting. But before
flexible large-area OLED lighting can be commercialized, more R&D is needed
to solve some outstanding challenges. These areas, which mainly concern the
driving electronics, power distribution, integration and miniaturization, as
well as sensors and application intelligence, will be tackled by IMOLA.