The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its selection of nine (9) solid-state lighting (SSL) R&D projects. Four out nine projects are related to OLED lighting and selected companies/universities to run the projects are OLED Works, Pixelligent Technologies, Princeton University, and University of California. The project funding will be over $13.7 million (DOE funding, $10.5 million) and funding for each project was not revealed. It is expected that these one-to two-year projects will accelerate cost reduction of SSL technology and improvement of quality and performance.
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