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Philips' OLLA project wins OSIA R&D award

OLLA partners worked in open innovation environment under EC 6th Framework
Peter Visser

Philips Lighting's OLLA project has received the 2008 Organic Semiconductor Industry Award (OSIA) for Research and Development. Awards were announced at the Organic Semiconductor Conference (OSC-08) in Frankfurt, Germany, last week.

The OSIA judges said they selected the OLLA project because it had demonstrated pioneering commitment to the continual promotion of OLED technology for lighting applications, and it has acted as a catalyst for global research and development of OLED lighting. Additionally, the OLLA project provided innovative solutions to a range of challenging problems for development of large area white OLEDs panels, and demonstrated that it is possible to successfully deliver results within a multi-partner project.

"I'm very proud that we as OLLA received this award on top of all the technical results we achieved in the last four years," said Peter Visser, OLLA project manager from Philips Lighting. "And it's a clear recognition for all the work we did together, both within Philips, and within a large group of European OLLA partners in an open innovation environment, to make this project a great success."

Visser will share his insights and innovation expertise as a featured speaker at the SPIE Photonics Innovation Summit to be held 6 November in the Silicon Valley-San Francisco, CA, area.

The aim of the OLLA project, a European project funded by the IST program of the European Commission's 6th Framework that started in October 2004, was to research and develop high-brightness, high-efficiency white OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) and demonstrate their use in general lighting applications. At the end of the project in June 2008, the OLLA project consortium presented its final milestone: the basic technology for a white OLED light source with an efficacy of 50.7 lumens per Watt at an initial brightness of 1000 cd/m² and a lifetime far over 10,000 hours.

The OLLA consortium consisted of 24 partners -- industrial companies and universities as well as research institutes -- out of 8 countries within Europe.

"OLLA was the first and largest European research project on OLED lighting. It has initiated global momentum for research on OLED lighting. Now, several similar research projects on OLED lighting have started in Japan, Korea, China, the UK, Germany and in the US," Visser said.

The development of OLED lighting technology will be continued in OLED100.eu, a new Philips-led European project aiming at further increasing the efficiency, lifetime and size of OLEDs.

"The results of the project are not only recognized for the scientific excellence, but moreover will help to accelerate the development of OLED lighting solutions for the benefit of consumers in Europe and the world," said Dietrich Bertram, technical coordinator OLLA and manager business center OLED lighting at Philips.

Read more about the OLLA project

Read more about the OSIA 2008 awards