High-efficiency organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting is closer than ever to commercialization, and recently GE scientists announced that they have devised a new way to make high-efficiency, low-cost OLED materials. While many companies in the OLED display industry use vacuum-based batch production processes, GE will use a high-speed, roll-to-roll process that is significantly more efficient. This kind of roll-to-roll processing is already used in the printing industry, and it means, according to John Strainic, global product general manager for GE Lighting, that “we’re starting to see the OLED light at the end of the tunnel.”
The ultra-efficient OLEDs aren’t ready for mass consumption quite yet — GE’s first flexible OLED lighting product will be released in 2011. No word yet on pricing.