Posts Tagged ‘OLED lighting’

Green warriors are true to their cause

Úterý, Červen 5th, 2012

Just days before the World Environment Day on June 5, environmentalist Robert Swan, who was in the capital recently to launch a project by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) and Tetra Pak, to promote environmental awareness and sustainable lifestyles among students, said that Delhiites would care about environment issues only if it sounds upmarket and cool.

Swan, was quoted as saying, “I’m sure the day I make caring for the environment very upmarket, the rich Delhiites will start caring about their environment. If I could, I would get every rich Delhi girl into this initiative. Just make it sound cool, hip and sexy to care about the planet and the stupid men will follow this in minutes. We have to find a sophisticated-sounding way to get their participation.”

Environment enthusiasts fail to understand what prompted Swan to say something like that. They say that those who do their bit for the environment/society do so without thinking about the hip quotient attached to a cause.

Photographer and artist Atul Bhalla, who has been involved with various environment-related art projects, says that it’s a very individual perspective. “I wouldn’t blanket everyone into it. There are individuals who are doing very good work irrespective of the classes or economic strata they belong to. And then there are people who do things just to getnoticed,” he says.

A lawyer and an environment enthusiast Aman Panwar, who has helmed various cleanliness drives in the city in the past, finds the comment funny.

“People now want to be associated with environment-related causes because they want to save it from further deterioration. I remember a hotelier came down on the streets with us to clean the area just because he wanted to become a part of it. He didn’t think about his status or anything. And that particular campaign was not even being covered by the media,” says Aman.

Some environmentalists have a slightly different take on this. Mani Makar, who has just passed out of school and has been doing various things for the environment, says that if you convince youngsters that working for the environment is “cool”, they may take it more seriously. “But making it sound sophisticated or upmarket isn’t at all important to pull the attention. However, economical benefits can help. Like, if you tell somebody to use a CFL bulb because it’s good for the environment, he may not pay attention. But if you say that it would save money, they may easily opt for it,” says Mani.

However, Rajiv Chhibber, an ex-TERI employee, says that whatever Swan is saying isn’t utopian. “The mindset of people depends upon the lifestyle change that people are witnessing. But then you’ve to look at the kind of initiatives that work. Like these days, you would see people carrying a carry bag with them when they enter a mall just because most of the shops have started charging for an eco-friendly bag. It’s working fine. You’ve to mould the initiative in the way it works,” he concludes.

Business incubator discovers new life

Pondělí, Březen 19th, 2012

A business incubator in Fort Myers is hitting its stride as the region slowly emerges from the economic downturn.

Southwest Florida Enterprise Center was 21 and struggling in a substandard facility when it moved into a new office and light industrial/warehouse complex on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard nearly four years ago. That was just a month before the nation plunged into recession in September of 2008.

Today, the center has a roster of more than 20 tenants, including ornamental welding and auto repair businesses that have been there for more than three years, and two newcomers: energy-saving technology startups. Its signature Entrepreneur School has been adopted by a younger business incubator under development in Immokalee.

“The worse things have gotten (in the economy). the more energy and interest there is in the center,” said Tom Scott, executive director of the city of Fort Myers-sponsored center. He is also a Lee County school board member.

The Community Development Agency board recently revised rates for light industrial/warehouse space, to make an entry rate more attractive to startup businesses. Rates are $3.25 per square foot in year one; $4.25 in year two; and $5.25 in years three and four.

By comparison, other industrial space in Dunbar’s 33916 zip code ranges from $1- to $12 per square foot, Scott said.

“Our offices have been at 100 percent occupancy almost since the beginning. By fall, our warehouse/ light industrial space should be nearly 80 percent occupied,” Scott said. Three years ago, about 83 percent or more than 26,500 square feet, sat vacant.

The center has a $325,000 budget that includes an $180,000 subsidy from the city. “We won’t earn enough to cover the costs, but we’re getting a lot closer,” Scott said. He credits marketing that targets the Dunbar community, the almost-new, custom-built facilities, and modest, phased-in leasing rates for much of the occupancy gains.

Although affordable office and industrial space is not hard to find outside the incubator, Scott thinks the center’s on-site expertise and support, and shared office equipment are pluses. Tenants, he said, “can concentrate … on their business, and not the extraneous stuff.”

As tenancy increases, Scott is especially excited about some new light industries moving in, offering energy-saving products marketable far beyond Southwest Florida’s environs.

Scaled Energy, making wind turbines, including windmills. “Our wind turbines … uses special blades we have developed. They work in areas where there is not so much wind,” said Helmuth Geiser, company president. The startup company two full-time and two part-time workers.

The company moved into the center last July. It’s working on producing wind turbines for a farm in upstate New York, and soon will install a demonstration unit at the enterprise center. A prototype is up-and-running in Grenada, Geiser said.

Geiser, who did early research for his business from his home, said he was attracted to the center because “the buildings were basically new, clean and well-kept,” with Scott’s business counsel being a bonus.

Not far away from Geiser’s shop, Michael Gookin is having space built out for Applied Physics. The former city of Fort Myers employee went back to school, to study engineering. He and some other Florida Gulf Coast University students noticed lights staying on long after sunrise at some local parking lots and shopping centers. That led them to develop and to apply for patents on a smart relay controller for outdoor lighting. “It blocks the electrical circuit when the ambient light is greater than the artificial light. It’s a substantial energy-saver,” Gookin said.

Girl Scouts celebrate 100th birthday

Středa, Březen 14th, 2012

Living up to their motto of “be prepared,” when rain threatened to dampen the celebration and extinguish the candles at the Girl Scouts’ 100th birthday, brightly colored umbrellas were withdrawn from purses and tote bags and snapped open in a rainbow array of nylon covering.

When the bagpiper failed to show, two violinists — Kandyy Lower and Jadelyn Morningstar, both 13, — rose to the occasion and played “My Country ‘Tis’ of Thee” for the opening ceremony.

The rain-spattered crowd to whom they played consisted of dozens of past, present and even future Girl Scouts who were gathered on the steps of the Old Courthouse on the Square in Carlisle Monday night to celebrate the official 100th birthday of the organization.

Gordon Low, who herself was childless, envisioned an organization that would empower girls and help teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence and citizenship.

Originally chartered with 18 members in Savannah, Ga., the movement has grown in the last 100 years to include more than 2,303,388 Girl Scouts and 880,000 adult volunteers in 92 countries.

At Monday’s event, Jane Ransom, president and CEO of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, was the guest speaker.

“Today’s girls are tomorrow’s leaders,” she said.

As she concluded her brief remarks, she asked the girls present — who represented a small fraction of the 26,000 girls in 30 counties that the Heart of PA council encompasses — to make her two promises.

“Before you go to bed tonight, I want to you make two promises. I want you to promise to use everything you learned in Girl Scouts to make the world a better place. And I want you to promise to give back to the girls of the future,” she said, pointing out all the work the adult volunteers standing in the crowd did for the girls.

As part of the celebration, Lois Siemer portrayed Gordon Low, dressed in the original uniform of the organization — dark green, mid-calf-length skirt, matching jacket with black patent leather belt, white shirt, black tie.

After her speech, Siemer lit the first candle, from which all other candles were then lit.

“The spirit in which Juliette started has spread to all girls,” Siemer said.

After the candles were lit, the girls recited the Girl Scout oath, sang traditional songs and then retired the colors.

“I went to a meeting to see what was going on and I came out an assistant leader. I went in an assistant leader and came out a leader,” she joked. She led troops until 1991. In 1982, she took her troop on a trip to Savannah to see the birthplace of the group.

“I took all these pictures and I came back and had them made into slides. I did a kind of tourist-guide kind of thing, but I thought that some of what I was telling was kind of gossip and I thought it would be more fun to be her and tell her stories from her point of view. She had a very fulfilling life. She started the Girl Scouts when she was 52,” Siemer said.

Printed electronics market ramps up

Pondělí, Březen 12th, 2012

According to IDTechEx, the market for printed and potentially printed electronics in 2012 will be Rs.46,534.65 crore ($9.4 billion) including devices not yet printed today but which are moving towards being printed. Of this market, 30 per cent of the devices studied are made predominately by printing, and 6 per cent are on a non-rigid substrate, finds IDTechEx.

There are four main markets that make up 98 per cent of this figure, which are:

OLED displays, driven by the need to differentiate smart phones. Samsung has led much of the investment, production and use of OLED displays in its smart phones, seeing significant sales over the past 12 months. These OLED displays are not printed and are not flexible in the main. Continued demand in 2012, along with OLED displays of similar sizes being adopted by others, will see a Rs.19,801.98 crore ($4 billion) spend on OLED displays (display module value) in 2012.

In 2012 Rs.1,435.64 crore ($290 million) will be spent on e-paper material (excluding the value of the TFT backplane). In e-readers, this technology has created a market of several billion dollars if we include the value of the e-readers and content. However, the Holy Grail is colour, with electrophoretic versions and other technologies (such as electrowetting) being pursued.

Conductive inks, used predominately for photovoltaic (PV) bus bars and other applications such as antennas, flexible connectors, smart packaging etc., see a Rs.11,386.14 crore ($2.3 billion) spend on the ink alone. This excludes spend on conductive ink for shielding/static discharge applications and membrane circuits, where the sectors are mature. Almost all of this is flake-based ink.

IDTechEx believe the OLED display market will rise to Rs.1.49 lakh crore ($30 billion) in 2022, and of that 20 per cent will be predominately printed and 17 per cent on a non-rigid substrate. Indeed, significant research and investment to printed OLEDs is happening now, and with Samsung’s decision to spin out its LCD business and focus on OLED, IDTechEx expect the use of OLEDs to accelerate compared to the paltry growth until a few years ago.

IDTechEx expect OLED lighting to become a Rs.4,950.50 crore market by 2019. OLED lighting panels need to scale up in size to reduce cost and face competition from LED lighting which is now making inroads into most forms of lighting, in addition to experiencing new technical developments such as printed LED lighting.

Sales of printed batteries, logic and memory remain very small but a few aspects are coming together to address that. This includes the creation of useful “building blocks” in the form of memory addressed by printed transistors, and now combining that with sensors which have applicability to a wide range of markets, and moves away from those trying to sell a transistor to those having a useful product to buy.

While metal flake ink is predominately used today for screen printing PV bus bars, there is growing interest to use inkjet printable ink in order to reduce the risk of breaking the ever thinning silicon PV cell by having a non-contact deposition method. Particle free metallic ink, graphene based inks and copper are now in development or commercial use in a range of applications including tamper and theft monitoring of retail packages.

NanoMarkets report forecasts substantial growth in the OLED materials

Středa, Listopad 16th, 2011

Analysts for NanoMarkets have projected that 2014 will be the year that OLED lighting begins to generate significant revenues for suppliers of OLED lighting materials. NanoMarkets, a market research firm based in Glen Allen, VA, has announced the release of its latest market report entitled, “OLED lighting materials markets: 2012.” In 2015, the analysts expect the total market for OLED lighting materials to reach $1 billion.

The report contains volume and revenue forecasts for materials used for OLED lighting, broken out by material type and functionality in the OLED stack, as well as by OLED fabrication method – solution processing vs. vapor deposition, and small molecules vs. polymeric materials. NanoMarkets estimates that revenues from emissive layer materials are expected to top $375 million by 2015, and over 90% of this will come from sales of vapor-deposited small-molecule materials.

The report also looks at the strategies of OLED lighting manufacturers including Philips, Osram, Lumiotec, and Visionox. The full press release is available here.

The Optical Society (OSA) has published a “Focus issue on OLEDs” in Energy Express, a bi-monthly supplement to its journal Optics Express. The aim of the collection of papers,is to highlight recent breakthroughs in OLED technology.

“The latest advances reflected in this focus issue are truly exceptional and will prove to be invaluable to advancements in lighting and display technology,” said Norbert Koch of the Institute of Physics, Humbolt University in Germany, and one of the organizers of the issue.

The supplement highlights reasons why top-emitting OLEDs are beneficial for lighting and display applications, methods for improving the outcoupling efficiency in OLEDs and how to optimize the optical path in the devices. The full press release is available here.

“In these tough economic times, going green is one of the best ways to save money,” Crowley said in a statement. “I invite all homeonwers to take advantage of this town hall to learn important information, protect the environment and, most importantly, save money.”

Experts from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Community Environmental Center and the city Department of Housing are expected to attend and teach residents how they can save money while also helping the environment.

Free energy audits and energy-saving light bulbs will be available for interested residents along with information on how to install solar panels, use Energy Star appliances and what rebates and incentives are available to green their homes.