The Fraunhofer IPMS, responsible for OLED development since 2000 and the team behind the Center for Organic Materials and Electronics Devices Dresden (COMEDD), are planning to demonstrate the first roll-to-roll OLED lighting panels this year, as well as developing pico-projectors using OLED panels and touch-controllers using the technology. Speaking in an interview with OLED-Info, institute director Dr Karl Leo described the group’s intent to not only push OLED design but production methods as well.
Leo also confirmed that the Fraunhofer IPMS are working on a large-scale, 1 x 1 meter-square OLED panel, and that currently they are in the process installation phase; he suggests that the first demonstration panel will be unveiled soon. General lighting solutions using OLED panels will follow on in 2014/2015, he predicts, as production costs are reduced.
Transparent OLED panels are also still being worked on, but Leo believes that OLED lighting is set to be the biggest growth area. An OLED-based lamp is already on the market, and similar small-scale products will proliferate, he suggests, this year and next.