Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) are much more energy efficient than the "inorganic" kind. Its' quite likely that OLED's will one day make for ultra-thin TeeVees, lit architectural fascia, interior lighting, or back-lit signage. But, there has to be a fast, inexpensive way to manufacture OLEDs before the technology can spread to diverse consumer applications. Let's say it another way: before regular people can afford it. Wisely, GE is on the case.
They are using roll-printing techniques similar to that used for thin film photo-voltaic manufacturing. Somewhat similar to a paper-making machine. Amazing how one thing leads to another.
GE Global Research has reached a milestone in next-generation lighting, demonstrating the world's first roll-to-roll manufactured organic light emitting diodes.Can you imaging a kitchen cupboard with an underside that lights the counter-top below? We'll drink to that.
The research group said the newspaper printing-like process is key to making the next-generation lighting technology low-cost and commercially viable.
Roll out the barrel, we've got the blues on the run.
Via::CleanTech, "GE Shows How To Roll Out OLED's."