R2D2 – Research Consortium for flexible OLEDs in Germany

Light in a new shape

The flexible OLED is still the “Holy Grail“ when it comes to successful implementation of the relatively young OLED technology as a design-oriented and disruptive lighting innovation into various applications.

Besides the rather obvious design properties of laterally extendable and shapable light sources, there are also highly relevant technical advantages such as light weight and cost optimised production schemes. These make the flexible OLED a very promising alternative to existing lighting technologies.

Such production capable processes and technologies are subject of investigation in the BMBF-funded project R2D2. Furthermore principle aspects of long-living devices, efficacy and homogeneity are addressed.

The system integration of flexible OLED modules for the use in automotive, avionics and white goods is a core area of research in R2D2. With regard to the specific requirements of these different application fields, long-living and highly efficient materials will be adjusted to most suitable modulisation technologies. Finally, the project will deliver application and product studies.

The project consortium is led by Dresden based Fraunhofer FEP and covers the complete value chain from material research (Novaled GmbH), equipment (VON ARDENNE GmbH), device technology (OSRAM OLED GmbH) and application scenarios (AUDI AG, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co und Diehl AKO Stiftung & Co. KG) for future flexible OLED products.

The direct involvement of renowned lighting manufacturers and their end users shall leverage a faster and more holistic exploitation of the project results after the end of the project.

The project R2D2 is funded by the BMBF under grant no. 13N12944 with a volume of 5.9 million Euros. The project runs from October 1st 2013 until September 30th 2015.

Flexible OLED, R2D2 project

A first project result of R2D2 is the so-called sheet-to-sheet manufacturing of flexible red OLEDs which are evaluated by the end-users Audi and Hella in modulisation tests.