EERE's New Projects

Efficient Manufacturing

EERE New Project

Awardee Details

Awardee 
k-Space Associates
State 
Michigan

Funding

Total Project Amount 
$1,200,000
DOE Amount 
$800,000
Recipient Amount 
$400,000

Most monitoring of the OLED layers during the manufacturing process currently takes place after the fact, so that if problems are detected there’s little or no chance to change the production inputs. This project plans to create a more efficient manufacturing process, building on KSA’s existing optical monitoring technology to enable high-precision measurements of OLED layers during mass production. The tool will measure layer thickness and composition to ultimately control the OLED efficiency, color, and lifetime of OLEDs. This development, a first for the industry, will serve as a platform for future large-scale OLED production facilities, paving the way for a strong U.S. presence in OLED manufacturing.