Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP) announces the commissioning and opening of a new manufacturing pilot line for organic semiconductor technologies. This enables organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic photovoltaic (OPV) can now be developed at Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm on a near-industrial scale. The new pilot line was designed and implemented by Fraunhofer IAP in cooperation with the plant manufacturer MBraun. The plant was officially opened during a two day trade event at the instituition.
Figure: Fraunhofer IAP’s pilot line for solution-based processes is located in a cleanroom and measures a lenght of 15 meters
Dr. Armin Wedel, Division Director at Fraunhofer IAP, said, "Organic electronics has great design potential for energy-saving, intelligent lighting control and information systems. To apply these technologies to life-size street furniture, the new pilot line now offers the possibility to realize organic electronic components under near-industrial conditions - a crucial prerequisite for the later transfer into commercial products."
Martin Reinelt, CEO of MBraun, said, "We are proud that we successfully constructed the pilot line in close collaboration with Fraunhofer IAP. Thus, optimal conditions for cutting-edge research have emerged at the research site Potsdam-Golm." Dr. Martin Reinelt, added, "We hope to strengthen the German research landscape in order to compete successfully with American and Asian research institutions. We also want to demonstrate the performance of German equipment manufacturing"