Energy Efficient Lighting Breakthroughs Made in Germany

By Germany Trade And Invest, PRNE
Monday, June 20, 2011

BERLIN and SEOUL, June 22, 2011 -


International LED Expo and OLED Expo 2011

German lighting manufacturer OSRAM last week reported new
efficiency levels for OLED panels (organic light emitting diodes).
A result of German federal R&D funding, OSRAM received a
portion of the EUR 100 million made available by 2015. This type of
public-private cooperation has helped make Germany the most
attractive location in Europe for manufacturers of energy efficient
lighting. In fact Royal Philips Electronics announced last month a
EUR 40 million investment to increase its production capacity of
OLED lighting in Germany. Germany Trade & Invest will
have experts at this year’s Kintex International LED Expo and OLED
Expo 2011 to share the latest opportunities in Germany.

Germany is Europe’s most important market for energy efficient
lighting technologies. At the same time, German scientists are
already finding solutions to tomorrow’s problems. This makes
Germany a very attractive location for companies looking to enter
this growing industry,” said Oliver Seiler, lighting technology
expert at Germany Trade & Invest in Berlin.

German research institutes have earned a global reputation in
this field. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research
(IAP), the Institute of Applied Photophysics (IAPP) and the
Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) are investing
heavily in OLED research. This promising technology is highly
efficient, lightweight, flexible and thin, with the ability to emit
light in a wide range of colors.  Currently the biggest
challenges being addressed by researchers are to increase the life
cycle of diodes in OLED lighting and to reduce production

OLED lighting is set to change the way we light our homes and
workspaces. The flexibility of this technology makes application
possibilities virtually endless. OLEDs can be integrated into
walls, ceilings, and even windows, as they can be transparent when
turned off. And in contrast to the much criticized compact
fluorescent bulbs, this type of lighting is more pleasant and does
not require time to “warm up”, making it an attractive, energy
efficient solution for the future.

Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and
inward investment promotion agency of the Federal Republic of
Germany. The organization advises foreign companies looking to
expand their business activities in the German market. It provides
information on foreign trade to German companies that seek to enter
foreign markets.

Germany Trade & Invest
Andreas Bilfinger
T: +49(0)30-200099-173
F: +49(0)30-200099-111


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