To evaluate the successful development of the H2020 project PI-SCALE and its final results, a review meeting together with representatives of the European Commission took place in Eindhoven on Sept. 11, 2019.
One of the results was the announcement of the continuation of the pilot line service for flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP. The OLED pilot line service continues under the name LYTEUS.
Within the framework of the PI-SCALE project funded by the European Commission, the leading European research institutes Fraunhofer FEP, VTT, Holst Centre/TNO and CPI together with industrial partners Audi, REHAU, Pilkington and EMDE were able to set up the pilot line service for flexible OLEDs, LYTEUS.
LYTEUS can supply industrial companies with customized flexible OLED lighting modules and supports the development of new innovative products.
Together with their industrial partners, the institutes were able to achieve unique results, create and manufacture fascinating prototypes based on the flexible OLED technology. In a one-day workshop on Nov. 7, 2019, interested parties can now experience the offer of the LYTEUS pilot line service on-site at Fraunhofer FEP and discuss it with the partners.
The Fraunhofer FEP functions as one of the core partners of the PI-SCALE consortium. PI-SCALE aimed at the production and integration of flexible OLEDs at system level by creating a worldwide leading Open Access pilot line. With the help of the project, it was possible to build a bridge between the development of novel and innovative products and the possibility of bringing these technologies from the laboratory to the market. To achieve the objectives of the project and to develop the functionality of the pilot line service, partners along the entire value chain – from material suppliers to end-users – were represented in the consortium.
Within the PI-SCALE project and by establishing the OLED pilot line service LYTEUS, the world's longest OLED strip in roll-to-roll was created.
In total, more than 10 different demonstrators could be built in cooperation with the partners of the consortium. In addition to the world's longest OLED strip, also the world's largest OLED demonstrator with the dimensions of 30 cm × 180 cm.
As an area light source, the fields of application for OLEDs are almost inexhaustible. Whether automotive, security, lighting in general, light design engineering, interior design, furniture, aviation or architecture: dimmable OLEDs with variable colors offer almost unlimited creative freedom.
Together with EMDE development of light GmbH, for example, the first flexible OLED integrated into a motorcycle jacket was developed.
This use in garments can open up new possibilities in the field of aesthetics and design. Also, OLED lighting elements in motorcycle clothing improve the visibility of their users and thus increase road safety.
"With the establishment of the LYTEUS pilot line service, we have taken a major step forward in the further development of economical manufacturing processes for flexible OLEDs," said Claudia Keibler-Willner, project manager and head of Department Sheet-to-Sheet Organic Technology at Fraunhofer FEP. "With LYTEUS, we can bridge the gap between research and mass production and offer custom OLED solutions. LYTEUS was developed in the now completed PI-SCALE project and is coordinated by Fraunhofer FEP and supported by Holst Centre/TNO, VTT and CPI. The result is impressive: among other things, we were able to manufacture highly efficient OLED modules that are the longest in the world. The use of the roll-to-roll process also promises a significant reduction in the cost of future components."
Photos courtesy Fraunhofer FEP/PI-SCALE