It is a given that technology changes. With it, so does the world, and there are those who are taking advantage of the possible opportunities that it offers. The IMOLA Project is one of these.
The IMOLA Project focuses on the newest form of technological advancement: OLED lighting. The project is set to launch next month and includes a total cost of 5.12 million euros, 3.4 million of which is contributed by the European Union. The project will focus on expanding the use and capabilities of OLED lighting systems, as well as their production. Expected applications include building lights such as for walls and ceilings, as well as dome lights for vehicles. Other uses include OLED screens for display monitors such as TV’s or computers. OLED’s produce their own light emission, eliminating the need for a backlight. This means that they can be built much thinner than other lights, such as LCD’s.
The IMOLA Project is projected to end in 2014, after a duration of 36 months. The project will be more than to design OLED light systems; its ambition is to create an intelligent lighting system with separate tiles that can be individually adjusted through a thin chip inserted into the back of the tile. The tiles are then connected to a central monitoring system. Adjustment settings include change of light dimness based upon the amount of natural light present, such as the time of day or year, or even depending on where a person is standing in the room.
Obstacles make the production of OLED lights beyond the practical reach of most companies, since the cost of production results in a retail price that is too far above a competitive price for traditional lighting. Organizations such as Philips (Germany) and Hanita Coatings (Israel), who are partnering with several others in the IMOLA Project, seek to change that and bring OLED screens and lights into a more competitive market price.
The realization of the IMOLA Project goal is more than building a simple lamp or light fixture; it focuses on large-area compact lighting systems, such as the ceiling of a room. Included in the module will be electronic sensors which will automatically adjust brightness, as well as built-in controls.
The results will be lower power costs as well as a more environmentally safe light system. The companies involved in this project hope to realize these and other goals by the culmination of the project.
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