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The LAMP project: OLEDs and OLETs, the next generation of Lighting

Luogo: Rome
Data: 30/05/2013
Canale: English
Autori: S. Marconi

We have continued to call it “light bulb”  but it has come a long way since then.
The first light bulb dates back to 1890 and it was with a tungsten filament after that the compact fluorescent lamps. which use gas to emit light, came along.

Now the new frontier of lighting  is LED, also known as solid-state , because it is a material that produces light. It’s a new way of lighting which provides lower energy consumption than conventional bulbs, while at the same time giving the same force of light.

But we are only at the initial stages of research. The challenge that scientists must face is finding new materials. At the moment the materials used for the LEDs are complex and expensive to build or cheap with limited performance and duration.
The European Union has decided to invest 3 million Euros on new light sources. The project is called LAMP and it’s coordinated by ENEA. A prestigious role that the Agency has earned on the field while making a patent over the new materials from which the project has been realized.

Marco Vittori (ENEA)The target of the LAMP project is the development of organic electronic devices, such as the construction of displays and devices that produce light. It comes from an activity that is carried out in various research centers of ENEA, such as Faenza , Portici, Brindisi and Casaccia. It’s a job that requires the integration of skills that results in innovative technologies capable of producing devices of high prestige and quality with cheap technologies that may allow widespread diffusion".

Fundamental objective of the project LAMP is the construction of innovative light sources, such as OLEDs and OLETs that combine organic materials such as polymers of plastic and inorganic materials such as nanoparticles, using laser technology.

Research has already crossed over the borders of the laboratories and the production companies are keeping a watchful eye at its development . It’s no coincidence that the project team is made up by five international research institutions including the Italian National Research Council and two industry groups - the FIAT Research Centre and the lithuanian company Ekspla.

Gediminas Raciukaitis (Ekspla)Ekspla is a Laser company. We joined this project because we are looking for new applications for Lasers".

The automotive industry will be the launching pad for LAMP. This technology will be used in cars to make luminous icons of dashboards . It allows in fact to create bright patterns using a freely moving laser source on suitably treated top surfaces. A new technique which has already demonstrated  its convenience: the industry has calculated a cost reduction of the  luminous icons’ production by 20%. The saving will be felt also by the drivers who will drive cars that consume less energy.

But what will the environmental impact be of these new light sources?
The research team has thought of everything, even to this end, by including the Life Cycle Assessment of the product i.e., to analize the total cost of new light sources from manufacture to disposal.
This deals with the environmental impact. But what about the economy?

LAMP has the potential to support economic recovery, as the project coordinator Francesco Antolini of  ENEA explains along the sidelines of the LAMP conference: “There have already been effects. We could help young researchers with grants that the European Community has given.  During the workshop you have seen the interest from the banking foundations and also other industries, that are present here, to develop new lighting products and to find  job opportunities for young people for the future”.

OLEDs and OLETs represent the new frontier of Lighting. But this is just the beginning of the research. So the European Union has decided to invest 3 million euros in this area. The project is coordinated by ENEA and it’s called LAMP.


Data: 30/05/2013

Autori: S. Marconi

Canale: English


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