Samsung Display adopts RGB evaporation for AM-OLED panels
20 May 2013

According to a report by Korea IT News Samsung Display has recently decided on its evaporation deposition technology, it is expected that further capital investment aimed at the OLED TV market is likely to materialise before the end of the year.

Until recently Samsung Display faced significant challenges improving its production yield of AM-OLED panels based on RGB evaporation technology. In contrast, LG Display adopted white OLED evaporation method which uses a single white OLED and a separate colour filer. Samsung Display has become confident its RGB evaporation technology yields are improving, and it it rumoured to have raised it to about 60%. As a result Samsung Display will adopt RGB OLED technology in its planned Gen-8 production line.

VDL and Solliance join forces to bring R2R expertise to organic photovoltaics manufacturing
20 May 2013

VDL and Solliance have announced their partnership for the development of a new, completely integrated roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing line for the research and pilot production of organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules. The development will take place within a consortium of several companies, among which Smit Ovens, supplying the drying furnaces for the R2R equipment and Bosch Rexroth, responsible for the drive components.

The partners will define and improve the specifications based on the experience gained during their cooperation. The pilot line will be built within the coming year. It will become operational at the new Solliance facility located at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. VDL will assume further business responsibilities in the commercialisation of the manufacturing line.

Solliance researchers develop new low-toxicity OPV production process
06 May 2013

Solliance has achieved a world first with a new inkjet printing process for manufacturing environmentally friendly OPV cells that deliver benchmark efficiency. Completely compatible with existing manufacturing technology, the process replaces toxic chlorinated solvents with more benign alternatives. The result builds on a combined achievement of Solliance and French OPV manufacturer DisaSolar, and was also supported by the EU FP7 project X10D.

Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) production processes have relied on spin-coating techniques and chlorinated solvents. These solvents are highly toxic; their potential for contaminating the water in rivers and killing wildlife making them a banned substance for industrial manufacturing processes. OPVs have so far been limited to lab-scale production.

Solliance has developed a new OPV production process that allows the photoactive layers to be inkjet printed without using poisonous chlorinates. The breakthrough was achieved in collaboration with French OPV manufacturer DisaSolar and within the framework of the European project X10D.

Samsung may delay launch of flexible displays due to encapsulation technical issue
15 April 2013

It has been reported in the Korea IT Times that Samsung Display currently developing flexible OLED displays due to be commercialised this year has run into technical issues with their encapsulation technology.

Desipte Samsung Display improving its plastic substrate technology to enable it to be ready for commercial launch it has not been able to acheive the same level of maturity with its encapsulation technology.

Samsung acquire the technology from Vitex Systems at the end of 2011. However, adapting the technology for commercial use has taken longer than expected as the initial Vitex technology too long for production.

Holst Centre brings spatial atomic layer deposition (ALD) to flexible electronics
18 March 2013

The Holst Centre is structurally embedding spatial atomic layer deposition (ALD) into its core technology portfolio in the flexible electronics domain.

For this new activity, Holst Centre sees many benefits for materials suppliers, equipment and component manufacturers and end users in the fields of flexible electronics, OLED lighting and displays, OPV and thin-film transistors.

Holst Centre Spatial ALD reactor developed by TNO

Figure: Holst Centre Spatial ALD reactor developed by TNO

Solar Press and Kroenert announce partnership for low cost, flexible organic solar cell manufacture
18 March 2013

Solar Press and Kroenert have announced the signing of a long term partnership agreement to develop and sell turn-key manufacturing solutions for Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) modules. This move, believed to be the first of its kind, will enable low cost production of light weight, flexible solar cells. This reduces the barriers to entry for OPV manufacture, extending the capability to all regions of the world.

Under the partnership agreement, Solar Press, a world leader in the development of OPV process technology, will develop and optimise its production process and ink formulations to enable the manufacture of commercial OPV modules using Kroenert’s production coating and printing equipment. Kroenert will optimise its hardware to maximise the capability of Solar Press’s OPV production process technology.


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