Kodak awarded $1.7 Million U.S. Department of Energy Contract to Develop OLED Lighting

Vapor Injection Source Technology allows manufacturers to significantly reduce unit-manufacturing costs, with high manufacturing throughput and material utilization that initially exceeds 50 percent, and could be greater than 75 percent in future manufacturing applications.

Earlier this year, the DOE recognized Kodak’s advances in OLED technology for solid state lighting applications by presenting Kodak with an award for excellence in project execution. Kodak exceeded the project efficacy target of 50 lm/W, developing an Energy Star color and efficacy compliant OLED that delivers 56 lm/W, 10,000 hours life, color rendering index of 83.6, and a color temperature of 4,000K. Kodak is committed to providing OLEDs that meet DOE Energy Star color and efficacy specifications, which must be satisfied in order to sell into the U.S. lighting market with the Energy Star Certificate. For a lighting product to be successful, it must have an acceptable lifetime. For this reason, Kodak has focused on both all-fluorescent and hybrid emitter systems, which offer longer lifetimes than all-phosphorescent emitter systems.

“OLED solid state lighting has tremendous potential to transform the future of the lighting industry – enabling future lighting systems that are significantly lower-cost and more energy-efficient,” said Dr. James Buntaine, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Kodak OLED Systems. “In our work for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Kodak development team recently built several devices that exceed the performance and energy consumption targets laid out under the DOE Energy Star Program. As an OLED pioneer, Kodak is committed to continued innovation and collaboration in this very promising area.”